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Cadillac Club: Cadillac Maintenance: Oil Changes

Oil Changes

When Does My Cadillac Need The Oil Changed

Changing your oil regularly is a crucial part of maintaining the health and welfare of your Cadillac. If you neglect proper oil changing, then the car will die. Plain and simple. No one wants to see that happen to their ride trust me. Oil should be changed at around 3000 miles or every three months. Some cars may be able to work on the same oil for 5000 miles, but beyond that, you are taking a risk when not changing oil. Changing your oil also depends on the age of your Cadillac, if you have a new Cadillac you should have it serviced by the dealer. Older Cadillac's you can do it yourself or take it to a Jiffy Lube or have your mechanic change it for you.

You must consider a comparison between oil changes based on the type of driving and the relative driving conditions. This will allow you to accurately choose the proper amount of time that should pass between separate oil changes. Proper care and maintenance of your Cadillac begins and ends with the condition of the engine. Conversely, the condition of the engine begins and ends with proper care and maintenance of the oil that is running through the engine. Simple put you get what you pay for when it comes to oil.

Under normal driving conditions, you can probably get away with not having to change your Cadillac's oil as frequently as a Cadillac that is driving on more severe conditions. If the Cadillac's driving conditions do not involve treacherous weather, stop and go traffic, speeds that are not excessively fast or slow, you might be able to squeeze a few more miles or weeks on top of the standard 3000 miles/three month plan. I personally change mine every three months, but that's just me and the conditions that I face up here in New York.

When driving in weather that is very cold or has freeway conditions similar to say, California, a car will be under a great deal of stress. So, when one has to drive in these types of more stressful conditions, it would probably be wise to stick to the 3000 miles/ 3 month module. Driving with oil that gets ‘dirty’ quicker and then continually driving on oil that is in this condition will eventually cause severe damage to the Cadillac's engine. This is something you should avoid whenever possible.

Comparing Oil Changes

Now, when it comes to comparing oil changes, one must compare the various shops that offer the oil change service. What is paramount to making a consumer comparison between these various shops requires understanding that the oil is not the only thing that needs to be changed. Transmission fluid, fuel injection, tire pressure, and even window washer fluid are generally included in the oil change process. And it goes without saying that proper inspection of the air filter is generally included.

So, how do the shops compare with one another? Do they perform all the required checks or do they miss items? And, on the flipside, do they recommend additional service or fluid changes that are not necessary? I keep all this information stored in a separate little book to check if I have to change the fluids myself.

These are just generalizations but they offer a decent guideline to the types of comparisons that need to be considered when making an oil change or deciding where to get one’s oil changed.

The last thing you will want to consider is the actual oil used. If you go to a place like Jiffy Lube, they will usually give you four or five possible oil change types. As you scale up in price, the viscosity of the oil increased, too, which means it will break down a lot slower and actually theoretically last longer (even though they will still tell you to come back in three months). I always go for the best oil as saving a few bucks is a good trade in comparison of changing an engine.

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