As with your vehicle, your aircraft requires regular oil changes in order to run safely and maintain optimal performance – but knowing exactly when to change your oil can be difficult. The general rule of thumb is to perform an oil change every four months or 50 flight hours – whichever you achieve first. It’s also a good idea to change the oil if elevated wear metals are detected, or if your aircraft has recently undergone engine maintenance.
The reason for the 50 flight hour/four month change is simple – by this point, your oil has become contaminated with the byproducts of engine use, which include sulfur, nitrogen oxides, carbon, water and other materials.
Rather than breaking down the oil’s lubricating properties, these contaminants themselves are the real problem. They have highly corrosive properties and, when they build up to a sufficiently high concentration, they can damage your crankshaft, camshaft, gears and lifters, causing serious damage to your engine and creating a real safety issue. In addition to preventing this, a new oil change restores the necessary levels of acidic neutralizers in your aircraft’s oil which protect your engine.
If your aircraft is due for an oil change, we also recommend that you use this opportunity to inspect and replace your oil filters. This will give you a better indication of your aircraft’s engine health and provide better protection against corrosion.
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