How Often Should I Change My Oil Filter? | Wichita Auto Care

How Often Should I Change My Oil Filter? | Wichita Auto Care

Tracy’s Automotive can help you keep track of the condition of your oil filter.

Considering the blistering heat (Wichita and the rest of Kansas have been under a dangerous heat warning) for the past week or so. And it’s no surprise to anyone who has had to step outside that the punishing heat can take it out of you and your car. But it looks as if things will cool off a bit early next week before the weather heats up again. And that gives you a break to do things you’ve been putting off because it’s just been too much effort to get them done.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

One of those things is car care. Because, extreme hot weather is as hard on cars as on their drivers and passengers.

One item that many car owners put off is changing their oil and oil filter. Because, it’s an easy chore to put off at the best of times in part due to the correct timing of a change can be unclear.

“With the exception of electric vehicles, all other cars (including your hybrid) have an oil filter,” says. “Regarding routine maintenance, the engine oil and oil filter are items that need to be replaced more often than anything else on the vehicle. And yes, even your tires. Because, there has always been a debate as to how often this is necessary, and there always will be a debate because, well, it depends. But, a general rule of thumb is 5,000 miles between oil changes but this will vary based on vehicle age, usage, and manufacturer requirements.”

Topping off vs. Oil Change

If you’re one of those people who tops off their oil when it gets low, you might wonder if it’s strictly necessary to change the oil filter. And, the answer – yes, it’s definitely necessary. explains, “The oil filter and engine oil must be replaced together. But, although you can top off your engine oil if the filter is still viable, you cannot change the oil completely and ignore the old filter. Because draining and replacing old oil is a wasted effort as the once the new stuff travels through the used filter. And, what goes in clean comes out dirty. So, this is why a standard oil change isn’t just about the oil.

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If you’re not sure when your oil and oil filter need changing, have a chat with the trusted Wichita auto care specialists at Tracy’s Automotive.

They can take a look at the oil to see it’s level and condition. And they can also tell you if your car is being driven under severe conditions that require more frequent oil and oil filter changes.

Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.

Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. We are thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.

Tracy’s Automotive is a proud dealer for Jasper Engines and Vogue Performance Exhaust systems.

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