A customer asked us about one of the new synthetic oils that advertises that you can go a year between oil changes. “Can I really do that?” he asked. That’s a great question, because the number one cause for major engine problems that we see daily comes from a failure to follow a proper oil change protocol.
We believe you can go a year using one of the 100% synthetic oils ONLY IF your answer to each of these questions is “Yes.”
Do you consistently do the following with your vehicle?
- Do you drive at least 20 miles each way to work in non-stop highway driving?
- Does your vehicle consume no oil between changes?
- Do you personally check your tire pressure, exterior lighting and fluids at least once every three month?
- Do you drive under 7500 miles a year?
If you answered “No” to any of the above, plan to get an oil change at least every 6 months.
Contemporary engines have multiple oil feed valve timing components with tiny orifices that must have a clean, correct viscosity oil supply. We hate to tell our customers that they need costly repairs! That’s why we still recommend 3-month 4000-mile intervals if you’re using a synthetic blend oil and 6-month 5000-mile intervals if you are using 100% synthetic oil.
Call us with your questions about oil and filter changes and taking care of your vehicle. Put our decades of experience to work for you.
Brands we service: Acura • Buick • Cadillac • Chevrolet • Chrysler • Dodge • Ford • GMC • Honda • Hyundai • Infiniti • Jeep • Kia • Lexus • Lincoln • Mazda • Mitsubishi • Nissan • Oldsmobile • Pontiac • Subaru • Suzuki • Toyota
- Maintenance Service
- Engine Services
- Transmission Service
- Suspension Systems
- Cooling Systems
- Brake Systems
- A/C & Heating Systems
- Tire Services
Hours of Operation
Knoxville and Oak Ridge
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
RT Clapp Car Care Center
1025 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
We accept most major credit cards and fleet cards