How Often Should I Get My Oil Changed?
Thanks to advances in both engine technology and oil formulas, you can likely go longer between oil changes than you think. Oil change intervals vary depending on your type of vehicle and the conditions in which you drive, but getting an oil change every 7,500 to 10,000 miles or six to 12 months (whichever comes first) is generally best practice.
Why Oil Changes Are Important
- Keeps the engine cool
- Helps you get more gas mileage
- Clears out contaminants and sludge
- Lubricates the engine
Your engine depends on plenty of fresh oil to stay lubricated and work properly. If your oil is old, dirty, or too low, your engine suffers for it and you risk damaging your vehicle’s performance and the engine itself. Changing your oil according to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule can improve your ride’s performance, fuel economy, and overall longevity — and it’ll save you money in the long run when you don’t have to make preventable repairs.
What About the 3,000-Mile Oil Change Myth?
Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles might have been the rule when engines and oil were less sophisticated, but modern vehicles don’t need to abide by this any longer. The only ones who benefit from changing your oil too frequently are the quick-lube shops that profit from it, so you’re better off sticking to your owner’s manual for oil change intervals.
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