How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?
May 31st, 2016
For years, drivers were told to change motor oil every 3,000 miles. Advances in motor oil and vehicle design enable drivers to go much longer between oil changes without causing harm to a car’s engine. Today’s automakers now recommend oil change intervals of 5,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles (always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommended intervals). Even at that, though, there can be exceptions. Conditions like the following can all put a real stress on motor oil:
- Extreme cold weather
- Extreme hot weather
- Extreme humidity
- Lots of stop-and-start city driving
Severe duty such as towing or hauling heavy loads with a truck
Lots of short-distance driving of less than five miles, where the engine never warms completely up
If you regularly use your car or truck in these kinds of situations, it can be a good idea to change your oil before the recommended oil change interval. The good news is that getting away from the old “3,000 mile rule” means that you save money by not having to change your oil as frequently, and it helps conserve a finite natural resource. What’s your odometer reading? Is it time for an oil change? Make an appointment with St. Lucie Battery & Tire in St. Lucie, FL and let us get your car taken care of!
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