An older vehicle generally needs a little more care and attention than a brand-new car with few miles on the odometer. As the mileage adds up, engines begin to wear out over time. Oil consumption also tends to increase with an older vehicle, potentially increasing the frequency of oil changes.
If you have an older car, you may wish to pay special attention to the actual motor oil used with oil changes. High mileage oils are specifically formulated with ingredients that can help engines of older cars run more smoothly and reliably.
If you are looking for a quick oil change near you, the ASE-certified technicians at Tire Works can advise you on the best oil for your type and age of vehicle. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
What Is High Mileage Oil?
High mileage oil can help increase the performance and longevity of an older engine due to containing the following crucial ingredients:
- Detergents that help eliminate sludge
- Conditioners that keep gaskets and rubber seals flexible
- Additives that efficiently lubricate metal parts
The seals on an old engine typically do not seal as well as those on newer engines and moving parts tend to wear down after years of friction. This can potentially cause problems such as:
- Oil leaks
- Oil burning
- Loss of compression in cylinders
- Higher oil use
The additives and ingredients in high mileage oil can help to prevent sludge, keep rubber seals and gaskets working efficiently, and protect the metal parts of your engine from friction. Other benefits that high mileage oil changes can offer includes:
- Reduced oil consumption
- Reduced smoking and emissions
- Leak prevention
- Delaying the need for engine repair
When to Switch to High Mileage Oil
If your vehicle has more than 75,000 miles on the odometer, you may want to start thinking about switching to high mileage oil, especially if you intend on keeping the vehicle for years to come.
High mileage oil could be beneficial if you notice any of the following issues:
- Increased oil consumption.
- Oil stains on the ground underneath your vehicle
- Oil streaks on engine parts.
- Rattling or an increase in engine noise.
- Blue smoke from the exhaust
While standard oils can make for slightly cheaper oil changes, high mileage oil is not significantly more expensive and can be well worth the added expense. A couple of extra dollars at each oil change could help you get more joy, time, and use out of an older vehicle.
If you are looking to save some money on your next oil change, check out Tire Works’ coupon page, where you can find high mileage oil change coupons and frequent offers for other maintenance services.
How Often Should I Have a High Mileage Oil Change?
Generally, high mileage oil changes should be carried out according to the same schedule as regular oil changes, depending on your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. Carmakers typically recommend oil changes after every 5,000-7,000 miles.
Older vehicles may need oil changes at lower mileage intervals. You can find out when an oil change is due by checking the vehicle’s manual, looking at your car’s oil change indicator, or by contacting a certified technician for advice.
Can You Wait Longer Between Oil Changes With High Mileage Oil?
While synthetic oils such as high mileage oil can potentially last longer, you generally shouldn’t wait longer between oil changes with an older vehicle. An older engine can suffer from the effects of years of engine wear and tear, including losing compression and burning oil. However, clean motor oil can help with preventing further problems.
If you are looking to extend the life of your older car, it is critical to stick to a regular oil change schedule, so your older engine can get that extra help it needs.
Schedule an Oil Change at a Tire Works Near You Today
Tire Works often has oil change specials available. Our qualified and experienced technicians will be happy to advise you and determine which type of oil could be the best choice for your older vehicle. Contact us now to schedule an oil change or other service near you.