Clearing Up Motor Oil Myths

There are many misconceptions vehicle owners have often heard about motor oil and oil changes. What was once the gold standard often no longer applies to today's modern vehicles. When needing an oil change or having questions about the variety of available motor oils, visit with one of our Anchorage, AK Lithia Kia of Anchorage technicians for the right answers.

Many vehicle owners believe that the oil must be changed every 3,000 miles. However, refer to the owner's manual, as some vehicles require servicing only every 7,000 miles. When checking the motor oil using the dipstick, vehicle owners often find that the substance has blackened, which many believe is a sign that maintenance is needed. However, the color simply indicates that the oil is effectively cleaning the engine.

Some owners have been told that if they use synthetic oil, switching back to a traditional version causes engine damage. However, that is not true. Make sure that traditional or synthetic oils have the correct viscosity for your particular vehicle.

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