As of Thursday, March 16, 2017
LOF stands for lube-oil-filter service, and depending on what type of oil your vehicle uses, the factory recommends getting an LOF done regularly. With conventional oil, that’s typically every three months or 3,000 miles. With synthetic oil, it’s typically every five months or 5,000 miles.
“Conventional oil is less expensive, but requires more frequent service, while synthetics cost more but alleviate seeing your technician as much,” Extreme Auto automotive and diesel expert Gerad Poxleitner said. “One thing to consider when running extreme high mileage oil is the lack of visiting your technician could cost you more in the long run. During most services, we are checking and maintaining a variety of other items that would be neglected.”
At Extreme Auto, the LOF service is not just an oil and oil filter change.
“We take the time to grease everything underneath your vehicle that requires such, and we check and fill as needed other components such as your transmission and differentials,” Poxleitner said. “We top off your windshield washer fluid and brake fluid, and inspect your brake pads to inform you when those may be due. We check air filters as needed, and we scout for any oil leaks or other signs of concern.”
Regular service every three to five months is important for any vehicle, even one not logging lots of miles. That’s because having numerous short trips or leaving a vehicle to sit can lead to condensation in the oil, damaging the engine.
To book an appointment, call Extreme Auto at 208-983-0027.