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Oil Change Service Interval Recommendations

FOUZIS SERVICE CENTRE       Many car manufacturers have extended the oil change service interval mileage and this has caused                                                                           many questions from our clients as to what the correct oil change interval should be.

Modern oils have increased engine life and protect other vital components better than ever and many engines are now coming with change intervals as high as 12,000 kilometers. These kind of service intervals do not come without some concerns for us based on our experience servicing thousands of cars every year.

We believe every vehicle should be serviced at least twice a year or every 7,000 km during its first 100,000 km and every 5,000 k for cars over 100,000 km regardless of the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations (unless the manufacturers recommended mileage is less) and the reasons are outlined below:

1. Engines still consume oil and running out of oil is catastrophic to the engine, most people never check their oil, and we see engines several litres low on oil ALL the time. Waiting another thousand kilometers may have run them completely empty.

2. Engines consume more oil as the mileage gets higher, therefore our change in recommendations at 100,000 km

3. Changing the oil frequently will prolong the engines life.

4. Clean oil will prolong oil seals life by keeping them soft and prevent leaks

5. Dirt, moisture and other contaminants build up in oil just as fast as they used to, and can cause drastic consequences if left in the engine too long.

6. No two cars are driven exactly the same way and the extended intervals are based on ideal conditions, that many of our cars never see.

7. Most vehicles only get a maintenance inspection when the oil is being changed, inspection of filters and items that wear with age, twice a year is our recommendation to keep your car safe and reliable.

8. Vehicle manufacturers are in the business of selling new cars, every car that lasts beyond 150,000 km is one lest vehicle sold. We see many cars with well over 300,000 km on them and performing great. These vehicles have one thing in common: they have been well maintained.

Regardless of whether you choose to use our recommendations or those of your car manufacturer we respect the choice you make as long as it’s an informed one. Diesel engines and some European luxury cars will have different recommendations, always consult with your automotive service provider if you have any questions about your car’s engine.

Fouzi is an auto mechanic and the owner of Fouzis Service Center located at #1 Boksburg Road & Victoria Germiston Johannesburg.At Fouzis you can be sure that your car is in the hands of qualified mechanics. Call 0027721705567 to talk to Fouzi in person.You can go and Subscribe for free news letters , information , quotation and any question about your car.

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