Even if you know very little about the inner workings of your car’s engine, chances are you know that regular oil changes are crucial for maintaining your vehicle. It’s one of the first things that we learn about how to take care of a car. The rule used to be that you needed an oil change every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first. However, is that still the rule?
In its simplest form, the answer is no. Most of us no longer need to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles, no matter what the sticker says from our service station! Because of cleaner and more efficient engines, your oil changes can usually stretch out to 5,000 or even 10,000 miles between changes. What makes up the wide variation in miles is a combination of what kind of car you have, the year it was manufactured, and the type of driving that you do most often.
You might think that because you stay mostly around town, just going a few minutes to your favorite grocery store or work close to home, you should be in the 10,000 mile range. The truth is, however, that you’re probably closer to the 5,000 mile range. Car engines need the heat of longer distance driving for the oil to warm and lubricate the engine. That means that commutes with less stop-and-go are much easier on the engine. For your best guide to oil change frequency, you can check your car’s manual or a trusted auto mechanic. You can also come into Webber Offroad & Performance for helpful tips about your vehicle and its oil changes.