To keep your car, SUV, truck, or van in good condition, you will need to bring it in for regular oil changes. However, oil changes can seem annoyingly frequent, and you may start to wonder whether you need to follow the recommended service intervals. You may even have heard that it's fine to go longer than recommended between oil changes, and your engine will not suffer. While this may be tempting, we strongly advise against it at Briggs of Fort Scott. Find out more here.
Unless you drive an electric vehicle, oil changes are necessary. The engine has a number of fast-moving metal components, and engine oil serves as a lubricant to keep these parts from suffering friction damage. The engine oil will wear down over time, and you will need to replace it to keep the engine lubricated.
If you go too long between oil changes, you may not notice any immediate downsides. However, the true damage will reveal itself later on. As your oil goes beyond its recommended lifespan, the engine will slowly start to wear out. The friction damage may seem slow at first, but it can shave years off of your engine's lifespan. The longer you go without oil changes, the more severe the damage will get. If you wait too long, the engine will eventually be destroyed by friction.
With this in mind, there may be a way to go longer between oil changes safely. If your vehicle uses conventional or semi-synthetic oil, consider switching to full synthetic oil. While conventional oil should be changed about every 3,000 miles, your vehicle can go up to 10,000 miles between oil changes when you use full synthetic oil! Synthetic oil costs more at the point of service than conventional oil, but it usually ends up costing less in the long run since you don't have to change the oil as frequently.