How Often Should I Change My Diesel Engine Oil?
“How Often Should I Change My Diesel Engine Oil?” is a common question from first time diesel owners. The answer depends primarily on your driving habits. If you mainly drive shorter distances, like around town, the oil in the diesel engine will accumulate contaminants more quickly than highway driving. Towing, steep incline driving, and other severe driving situations will also increase the necessary frequency for a diesel oil change. If your major driving habits involve mostly highway driving, then your oil will accumulate dirt and debris at a slightly slower rate than stop-and-go or severe driving habits.
While you sit in traffic, your engine can idle for long periods of time. This can accelerate the decline of your engine’s motor oil. Luckily, diesel motors react better to long bouts of idling than gasoline motors, but it is still a concern. Your diesel oil change frequency will be primarily dictated by the number of heavy miles you cover and over what time period.
If most of your driving is on the highway, your diesel engine oil won’t decline in quality as quickly. It is always recommended, however, that you still inspect the oil quality and viscosity a minimum of every 5,000 miles. Complete oil, filter, and lube should be performed at the 7,500-mile mark. Most car engines, in addition to diesel engines, carry recommendations of an oil change every 7,500 miles or at a minimum of every year. Check the owner’s manual for your Ford Power Stroke, Chevy Duramax, or Dodge Cummins and see what interval your truck’s manufacturer recommends for a diesel oil change. If you remain within the 7,500-mile target and replace the oil and filter when necessary, your diesel will run for a very long time.
Diesel’s aren’t cheap, so protect your investment. Call AG and schedule an oil change today!
Written on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by