Make sure you stay on top of your oil changes.
Every 3,000 to 5,000 miles is a good base time to change your oil. This will keep your car running as this is your cars life blood.
This is particularly important in the summer, since a hot engine needs all the lubrication it can get, and at high temperatures your engine's oil is really getting put through the wringer. Our current recommendation is to change your oil every 5,000 miles.
A word about hauling big loads in the summer: Most car manufacturers will recommend 5W-30 oil year-round. However, your owner's manual may have a recommendation for what's called “severe duty,” such as pulling a trailer. In this case, you might want to switch over to a higher-viscosity oil.
Well, under hot operating conditions, a thicker oil will thin out less quickly, making sure your engine stays well lubricated when it needs it most. If you do operate your vehicle under “severe duty” conditions, you should also consider changing the oil more frequently, because you're working it that much harder.
The condition in which you drive makes a difference on how often you should change your oil. Most of us these days are in stop and go trafic, hot and cold weather, etc. This is harder on your car so read the fine print in your manuel. Each car is different and run different so ask us at Complete Auto Repair Service for what your best matanace plan should be.