In most cases, automotive maintenance is a highly complex science, but even a beginner can understand some of the basic concepts involved. We here at Volkswagen of Bozeman in Bozeman, MT want every driver to be fully informed about how their vehicle operates, and we offer these facts regarding popular misconceptions about motor oil.

Some oil and automotive manufacturers advocate changing oil and filters every 3,000 miles, but research has demonstrated that today’s motor oil products can last far longer than 3,000 miles. Oil color is also not a reliable indicator of when an oil change is due.

It was once recommended that a vehicle owner choose between regular and synthetic oil and then stick with it. That’s another myth that has fallen by the wayside with modern research. As with most automotive issues, it’s a good idea to seek the advice of a licensed mechanic on what’s best for your vehicle.

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