What Is the Correct Oil Change Interval for My Vehicle?

Every vehicle requires ongoing maintenance to remain in superior driving condition. The oil change is a simple and standard maintenance service, but it can be tricky to determine exactly how often your car needs an oil change. 

Is it every 3,000 miles, like your dad once told you, or every 10,000 miles, like some modern engines, claim to allow?

The real answer for your vehicle is probably somewhere in the middle. Here’s what you need to know to determine the correct oil change interval for your car.

Change Your Oil More Frequently If You Drive in “Severe Conditions”

Many factors influence how often your car needs an oil change, including how much you drive in severe conditions. This doesn’t just include bad weather, but other considerations as well:

  • Long-distance trailer towing
  • Long drives on dusty or gravel roads
  • Driving at low speeds for long distances
  • Stop-and-go driving in very hot weather
  • Daily short trips (under 10 miles) in freezing temperatures
  • Daily short trips (under 5 miles) in any weather

If you regularly drive in these conditions, make sure you receive an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. 

Change Your Oil Every 5,000 for Best Results

As long as you drive under normal conditions, it is best to receive an oil change every 5,000 miles. This keeps your vehicle’s oil fresh and eliminates any possibility of damage related to oil problems. 

Consistent oil changes also allow your mechanic the opportunity to check your vehicle’s brake pads, coolant, tires, and shocks. If your car has any problem developing, it can be resolved early, before the costs climb too high!

Oil also loses its efficiency with age, so you can’t assume that the oil you received a year ago can still do its job. 

Oil Changes in St. Petersburg, Florida

When it’s time for your next oil change, call JB Import Automotive Repair. The JB Import team is committed to providing the highest quality service for all of your transportation needs. 

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