Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.
The blog this week is about how often you should change the oil in your Volvo or Toyota. Traditionally you should change your oil at around 3,000 miles or every 6 months. However due to improvements with engines and indeed oils over the years the school of thought is that these ideas could be outdated. Fully synthetic oils have been designed to last longer than mineral oils so the school of thought with modern engines is that the oil change can be performed from 5,000 up to 10,000 miles. Our recommendation is that you consult your Volvo or Toyota owners’ manual and adhere to their recommendations. Of course you should bear in mind the operating conditions of your vehicle and your driving habits.
For example if you are towing a trailer or carrying things in a roof box this would be deemed as severe conditions, along with regular short trips of less than 5 miles (10miles in very cold conditions), frequent urban driving in hot weather and driving less than 50 miles per hour over long distances. These sort of driving conditions will cause the oil to degenerate quicker.
Oil plays an incredibly important role in the health of your engine. It needs to lubricate all of the moving parts at the same time as keeping them cool. Over time oil will become contaminated and will not perform to optimum efficiency. Having your oil changed at your annual service may not be enough. It is possible to book in for an oil change in between your annual service. We recommend that you also change your oil filter at the same time. This type of service is way more cost effective (Preventative Maintenance) than any of the countless possibilities that may be required if your engine oil does not do its job. The most expensive one being.....replacing the engine! So take a few moments to consult your owners manual and make sure that you are aware when your engine oil change is due for your Volvo or Toyota.
Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award and The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.