Posted on: Dec. 06, 2016 in Cars, Auto Maintenance

You’ve probably heard that you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. However, depending on your car, where you live and how you drive, you may be wasting time and money changing your oil so frequently.


The 3,000-mile rule isn’t wrong, it’s just outdated. Prior to the 2000s, cars really did need to have the oil changed this frequently. Car engines are far more advanced than they used to be and the oil currently available simply holds up better and maintains its lubricating properties longer. In fact, some synthetic oils can continue to protect the engine from heat and wear for 7,500 miles or more.

The best way to know what kind of oil to use and how often to change it is to read the owner’s manual. In that book, you’ll find the manufacturer’s recommendations for how to keep your car running at its best. By following these guidelines, you can extend the life of your vehicle’s engine and enhance its performance.

There are some driving behaviors that will cause you to need oil changes more frequently. These include:

  • Starting the engine when it’s cold
  • Making frequent short trips
  • Driving in extreme temperatures
  • Idling the car often
  • Driving in stop-and-go traffic

You may not be able to control the circumstances under which you drive or the weather in your area, but knowing how it can impact the life of your car’s engine oil, you might make different decisions when you can.

                Before changing your oil change habits or the type of motor oil you use, be sure to consult the car’s manual. If you’re able to change the oil less frequently, you’ll save money and time!


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