How Many Miles Should I Drive Between Oil Changes?

You've probably heard that you need to change your car's oil every 3,000 miles, but is this true?

Nope, not true. The origin of the "3,000 mile myth" is a little hazy, but it probably was propagated most by the quick-oil-change shops that stood to profit most by getting you to come back sooner and more often.

In fact, you probably won't be able to find an auto manufacturer that recommends an oil change every 3,000 miles. Most cars do just fine in the 7,500 mile range, and some newer cars can last up to 15,000 miles due to advances in technology and synthetic oil. When it comes down to it, having your car's oil changed every 3,000 miles is a waste of oil and money-it won't improve your engine's performance any more than if you waited several thousand miles more between changes.

How Do I Know What's Best for My Car?

Each engine is different, and recommendations will be different depending on your vehicle's make, model, and year.

The definitive source for this information is your owner's manual. Here you will find a specific mileage at which your manufacturer recommends having your oil changed.

Your car or truck may also have an "oil life monitor" on your dashboard that tells you when it's time to change your oil. (Many new Ford cars and trucks are equipped with an "Intelligent Oil Life Monitor System.")

When to Change Your Oil Sooner

Following your manufacturer's recommendations is good enough in most circumstances. However, if you drive your car or truck in harsh driving conditions (off-road, frequent towing, lots of stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather conditions), then you may need to change your oil more often.

Talk to a qualified mechanic if you think your car needs its oil changed more often than the recommended mileage.

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