Is it Time to Switch Your Car to High-Mileage Motor Oil?

When Should You Switch to High-Mileage Oil?

We love our cars, trucks and SUVs. It’s completely understandable that you want to hold on to it for as long as possible. As any vehicle ages, its maintenance needs will change. Among the most important choices an owner will need to make is when to make the switch to a high-mileage motor oil. We spoke with the experts working in the Davis Chevrolet Service Department to bring you a few signs you should look for if your automobile is approaching 100,000 kilometres.

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What is High-Mileage Motor Oil?

If you were to take a walk through an auto parts store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices in the motor oil aisle. High-mileage motor oil is a highly specialized version of synthetic motor oil that has some additional ingredients. Some of the additions found in high-mileage motor oil include:

  • Conditioners
  • Seal Swells
  • Antioxidants
  • Detergents
  • Additional additives for friction protection

Signs You Need to Switch to High-Mileage Oil

There are no real hard and fast rules for when someone should make the switch from factory-recommended motor oil to a high-mileage formula. If you’re unsure, following the manufacturer’s recommendations and following the factory-prescribed maintenance schedule is always a good idea. However, a Davis Chevrolet service technician will be able to walk you through your available options.

If your vehicle is approaching or has surpassed 120,000 km on the odometer, it’s worth having a discussion with an expert. Additionally, if you see the following symptoms, it might be time for high-mileage motor oil.

  • Oil leaking
  • Low oil levels
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Hear a rattling sound from the engine

As always, the best way to keep your car, truck or SUV running in peak condition for as long as possible is to bring it to the Davis Chevrolet Service Department for your routine vehicle maintenance needs. Make an appointment, today.