It used to be that every vehicle should have its oil changed every 3,000 miles, but advancements in motor oil and automobile engineering have muddied that rule. It isn’t just what your owner’s manual says, although that is the best guide. It also depends on your vehicle, the oil you choose, and how you drive. AutoFix explains why it’s not as easy as it might seem to answer the titled question.
The first source you should consult to determine how often you should have your vehicle’s oil changed is your owner’s manual. In there, usually toward the back, you will find a factory or preventative maintenance section. Turn to that section and locate oil changes to see the recommended duration between services and the best motor oil for your car, truck or SUV. This should be your baseline.
Motor Oil Type
If your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends conventional motor oil for your automobile, your preventative maintenance schedule will likely be every 3,000 miles, which is the most common mileage milestone. If your manufacturer recommends synthetic motor oil, the duration may be 7,500 or 10,000 miles between oil changes. The motor oil you use does affect how often you need your oil changed.
It also depends on the vehicle you drive. For example, if your automobile has some years and a lot of miles on it, you should stick with oil changes every 3,000 miles to better protect the engine. If you drive a new car, truck or SUV, it probably already has synthetic oil in it and certain makes, such as Toyota and Ford, say you can wait as long as 10,000 miles. Some BMWs tout 15,000 miles between oil changes.
Driving Habits and Commutes
Finally, if you drive a long commute every day, you should have your oil changed more frequently, especially if your commute is in stop-and-go traffic or on city streets. If you drive like a NASCAR driver everywhere you go, you should also have your oil changed more often. If you drive on rough terrain, again, have your oil changed regularly. All of these scenarios are hard on your engine and its motor oil.
One of the best ways to determine how often you need your vehicle’s oil changed is to bring it into AutoFix. We’re located in Franklin, TN, and we’ll discuss your vehicle and your driving habits with you. Then, we’ll set up an oil change schedule that meets your exact needs. Call us today at 615-656-4962.