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If you decided to tackle changing the oil in your car yourself, there are several things you should know.

Regular oil changes can add many miles to your engine and extend the life of your car. Your engine is the most costly to repair when something goes wrong, so be sure to take care of it. Even though new vehicles run cleaner than ever before, the engine and other systems must properly function to prevent increased engine emissions and other problems. By changing your oil as recommended, your engine will stay clean and you will avoid damaging it.

Part of regular car maintenance requires changing the oil and fluids according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Most vehicles now require an oil change every 7,500 miles or six months, not the 3,000 miles previously recommended. The change is due to the advancement in engine technology and synthetic oils. Many drivers don't have time to read their car manuals and blindly follow the old guidelines. After you determine what is right for your vehicle, you can either do it yourself or bring your car into an AAA Car Care Center and leave the job to us.

If you are planning to go the DIY route with changing your oil or other fluids in your car, you need to properly dispose of them. Used oil can pollute the environment and should never be poured down the drain or thrown out with the trash. You can drop off old oil and filters at the nearest auto repair shop, or you can avoid the hassle of DIY by visiting an AAA Car Care Center, where everything can be done for you. 

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