If you are trying to save money, finding Oil Change Coupons and discounts is one way to do this. This page offers advice where to find coupons, checking your oil and how often to change your oil.
You can get your oil changed at just about any ASE certified shop, but Jiffy Lube, Wal-Mart Tire & Lube Express, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Texaco Xpress Lube, Mobil 1 Lube Express, Firestone, Goodyear and Midas are a good source for oil change coupons. Some sites have printable oil change coupons right on their websites. You can also get coupons mailed to you by signing up for their email promotions. Other sources of oil change coupons are eBay, coupon forums and Valpaks received in the mail.
Here is a example of an Firestone oil change coupon I found on their site:
If you change your oil and filter every 3,000 to 5,000 miles (or every three months, whichever comes first) and check its level regularly, chances are youíll never experience an oil related problem. For drivers using synthetic oil, intervals as long as 5,000 miles or six months between changes.
Some service centers will tell you that extreme driving conditions, such as stop-and- go traffic or extremely cold weather, require more frequent changes. the truth is that every three months or 3,000 miles is pretty extreme. if you arenít driving in stop-and-go traffic, through minus-20-degree blizzards or up mountain passes with a 5,000-pound trailer, you could probably go longer between changes, and thereís certainly almost no condition that would warrant even more frequent changes.
Checking your oil is pretty easy to do. Most experts agree that itís better to drive your car before checking it. so take a little spin, then find a cool, shady level place to pop the hood.
Let the car sit for at least five minutes prior to checking, to give the oil time to settle into the reservoir, at the bottom of your engine.
With the hood open and securely propped, locate your dip stick. its location varies, but you can usually find it by looking for a brightly colored handle. Usually it will be red or yellow.
Remove it and wipe it clean with paper towel or rag. Reinsert it into the hole, then slowly remove it once more. The oil mark should be between the two marks on the dipstick. if itís below the lower mark, you need to add oil. Before you do so, though, wipe the dipstick again and check it once more.
Still low? Add a quart and recheck it. (itís best to add the oil, then start the engine to circulate it, then let it sit again before rechecking ot.) if itís still below the lower hash mark, you may need to add another quart of oil, but be careful not to overfill it, as this may lead to other problems.