Oil Change Basics for Your Diesel Vehicle
Just like gas-powered vehicles, diesel cars and trucks need a steady supply of engine oil for the engine's components to operate smoothly and prevent excess wear and tear over time. Because engine oil is so important to the efficiency and performance of your engine, it is crucial that you follow the recommended schedule for oil changes and use the right type of oil for your particular vehicle. Here's what you need to know about the differences between oil changes for gasoline and diesel vehicles.
Oil Change Frequency
In the past, most auto manufacturers recommended changing your oil every 3,000 miles. While this is still true for older gas vehicles, newer cars can typically get away with waiting until 5,000 miles or more, thanks to the invention of synthetic engine oil, discussed in greater detail in the next section. With diesel engines, the oil change timeline is even longer. For most diesel engines, you'll need to change the oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, depending on the size of your oil tank. Check your owner's manual or ask your mechanic to determine the specific schedule for your particular vehicle.
Type of Oil
Gasoline engines can use either natural or synthetic engine oil. However, if you have a diesel vehicle, it can only take synthetic oil. If a mechanic asks you which type of oil you want, you should find a new mechanic right away. You should never use natural engine oil in a diesel vehicle. Any mechanic who suggests that you use natural oil in a diesel engine is either inexperienced or disreputable, so you would be best to find one that specializes in diesel engines, like Bodacious Diesel.
For the most part, changing the oil in a diesel engine is more costly than for gas-powered vehicles. This is primarily because synthetic oil is more expensive than natural oil. What's more, diesel engines typically have larger oil tanks, so you'll need to pay for more oil to fill up your tank. Besides that, the general process for changing the oil and oil filters is basically the same, so the labor involved should cost approximately the same amount for all vehicle types.
Schedule Your Next Oil Change with Us
Keeping up with your regularly scheduled oil changes is one of the best ways to ensure your diesel engine keeps running smoothly over the coming years. We'll be happy to check your oil for you and let you know when it will need to be changed next. In addition to oil changes, you should also keep up with the other maintenance your manufacturer recommends as scheduled. We'll help you stay on top of anything that needs to be done to keep your diesel engine in perfect working order. Call us today to schedule your first appointment at Bodacious Diesel.