How Often Do I Need to Change My Oil?
When to change your oil has become difficult to determine these days. While some people still say 3000 miles, the answer is a lot more complicated. This is due to improved technology found in engines and more advanced motor oil. There’s no exact answer I can give you, but I think I can still make things a little clearer.
3000 to 7500 Miles and Beyond
All cars are going to be different and how often you need to change your oil depends on your car and driving style. People who have diesel or a turbocharged gas engine are still probably going to need to go in every 3000 miles. For people who drive a normal type of car with a simple gas engine, it’s a bit more complicated.
If you go to a dealership service center or your neighborhood mechanic, they’re going to tell you 3000 miles no matter what as they want you to spend more money. Most cars these days, though, can go about 7500 miles or one year without needing an oil change. I’ve even heard of some cars that can go 10,000 miles before they need a change.
The best way to determine when you need an oil change is to look at your owner’s manual. Inside, you’ll find a list of service intervals for oil changes and other types of vehicle maintenance. It does get a bit more complicated, unfortunately. You’ll find that the top 7500, or whatever it is, is for optimal driving.
You might be thinking that’s you, all you do is go to work every day, but you’re actually putting your car through severe conditions. Stopping, starting, and short trips, like to the store and back, are actually harder on your engine than driving fast on the highway. If this is the type of driving you do, then you’ll want to get your oil changed more frequently: every 3000 miles or six months.
When to Replace the Oil Filter
Many drivers will tell you to switch your oil filter every other oil change. That’s not true either. Oil filters are smaller than they used to be, so their filtering abilities are diminished. This means you’ll want to get the filter changed with every oil change.