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  1. When should I change my motor oil?

The vehicle manufacturer's recommendations should be followed as a minimum maintenance guide.  To have the engine wear slower use the "severe duty" schedule, which is the usual use condition in New Jersey. As a practical matter, change the motor oil before it shows black on the dipstick.  Black oil, rather than light brown, means the oil filter is in bypass and engine wear and sludge deposits will result.  5,000 miles maximum interval is my personal recommendation.

 

  1. Why should I change my transmission fluid?

As the 2nd most expensive vehicle component, the transmission is also cooled, lubricated, and in the case of automatic transmissions, operated by special oil.  This oil will oxidize over time, as will motor oil.  Oxidation will make the oil too thick when cold and too thin when hot.  Metallic debris also accumulates in transmissions and must be removed from fluid, magnets, and pans.

 

Debris clogs filters in automatic transmissions causing reduced pump pressure and, in extreme cases, clutch slippage destroys the unit.  Debris also causes high wear rates, reducing the life of transmissions.  Manufacturers are trying to extend and eliminate transmission fluid changes, but for now, changing fluid, cleaning, and replacing filters aggressively is the consumer's best defense against failure of these units.  Most manufacturers are designing for a life of 150,000 to 200,000 miles. To achieve this life span, a good policy is to service your transmission every 25,000 to 50,000 miles.  This is in line with the "severe" service schedule of most vehicle manufacturers.

 

  1. Should I use synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oil is becoming more accepted in spite of the expense and it does offer certain benefits compared to "conventional" motor oil.  In particular, synthetic oil resists oxidation better and provides low friction/low wear benefits.  Conventional oil, however, has been continually improved by additives and now provides much better protection than 10 or 15 years ago.  One thing neither oil can prevent, however, is contamination by soot and combustion by products.  Which ever oil you choose, its change interval is limited to the oil filter's capacity.  Oil should be changed before it's color turns black from suspended grime.

 
   
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