How Often Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil?

Oil Change Service

Conventional wisdom will tell you that you need to change your car's oil every three months or every 3,000 miles. While that kind of schedule will ensure that your engine's oil stays healthy, it may also be unnecessary.

There was a time when it was all but necessary to change the oil in a car after driving it 3,000 miles, but that was years ago. Automotive technology has changed drastically over the last 50 years, and today's engines may be able to go 5,000 to 10,000 miles before their oil needs to be changed, especially if you're using more advanced synthetic oil.

Oil Change Time vs. Mileage

If you really want to know how long you can go before you change your car's oil, check your owner's manual. Most manuals will actually list two different schedules for oil changes depending on whether your driving is "normal" or "severe." "Normal" driving is essentially the daily commute that most people have, while "severe" driving is the kind of cross-country road trips that are usually reserved for commercial drivers. In any case, it's best to refer to your manual instead of the tried-and-true 3,000-mile oil change schedule.

Oil Inspection Engine Maintenance

Listen to the Sounds of Your Engine

You can also tell when it's time for an oil change by paying close attention to your car. If you hear whining or knocking sounds coming from under your hood or smell oil in your car's cabin, you're overdue for an oil change. The same goes for if your engine's oil is black and dirty when you check it. Healthy engine oil is translucent and amber in color, so you should be able to see your dipstick through the oil if you pull it out.

Even though you probably don't have to change your oil as often as you've been told, it's still an important bit of maintenance that needs to be done. Contact our dealership to schedule an oil change when you need it.

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