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Service FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions | Nissan of Clinton, NC

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How often should I change my oil?

Recommended oil change intervals are listed in the owner’s manual. Older cars may still go by the 3,000-mile or 3-month rule, but many newer cars are built to last up to 5,000 to 7,000 miles between oil changes. Check your oil frequently between changes to ensure your vehicle’s oil is healthy and clean.

What happens if I don’t change my car’s oil?

Oil is crucial to the health of your vehicle’s engine, as it reduces friction. As oil ages or becomes dirty, it becomes less fluid and can get trapped in the mechanical inner-workings of your engine, reducing its effectiveness and eventually causing extensive damage with costly repairs.

What driving conditions can affect the interval between oil changes?

Things like idling, sitting in stop-and-go traffic, extreme temperatures, humidity, repetitive short-distance trips, and frequently carrying heavy materials can have a big impact on the health of your engine and the life of your vehicle’s oil.

What’s the best type of oil for my car?

You should consult your owner’s manual for information regarding the type of oil your vehicle needs. It should specify type, weight, and viscosity. Sticking to the recommended oil type is important, as using the wrong kind can result in poor performance or engine damage.

How important is the amount of oil I use?

It is critical that you put the proper, recommended amount of oil into your vehicle. Not enough can cause engine damage, and too much can cause air bubbles to form in the oil, which impedes performance and can also lead to expensive repairs down the road.

What goes into buying an air filter?

Not all air filters are created equal. Many air filters are rated based on the amount of miles they are meant to last. There is a small difference in cost between an economy filter that’s meant to go only 3,000 miles between changes and a more durable filter, but the quality can make all the difference.
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