How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Every driver and car owner knows that you need to change oil at some point but the big question is how often. Due to the confusion related to oil change intervals, many drivers change the oil after long periods that cause engine damage. 

Changing engine oil too often is also not recommended as it does not provide any additional benefits and it is a kind of a waste of money. To make things simple for you, we have gathered information on how often you should change your oil. 

After every 3,000 miles or 3 months: Is It Necessary?

Traditionally there is a rule of thumb to change oil after every 3 month or 3,000 miles whichever comes earlier. This rule applied to older cars which heavily relied on lubricants to reduce engine friction and heating. This rule of thumb does not apply to modern cars. If you have purchased a new car, you need to first change the oil after 1,500 miles and then after every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. 

 Your car manual includes important information regarding first oil change and subsequent oil changes. Also, modern lubricants are made using advanced technologies and additives that extend the life of engine oil. Hence, you don’t need to change engine oil more often. Synthetic oil has a longer life than traditional oil. If you are using synthetic oil, you can change oil every 15,000 miles. 

However, there are certain conditions in which you might be required to change engine oil more often like after every 1,000 miles. Here, we have explained the reasons behind it. 

Is It Necessary to Change Oil After Every 1,000 Miles? 

Many auto experts recommended oil change after 1,000 miles if the car does not travel much or the car does not go on highways. The reason behind this is condensation mixing in oil and causing oil to break up faster. When you drive the car at steady speeds (on highway), the engine heats, which leads to top vaporization of the water mixed in the oil which extends the life of engine oil. 

In the absence of long drives, the engine would never attain high temperatures and the condensation would never vaporize causing the oil to go bad and lose its texture and function. In such scenarios, changing oil after every 1,000 miles is recommended to protect engine from damage. 

What Is the Right Oil Change Interval for Your Car?

The right oil change interval for your car depends on the engine, your driving habits, and the type of engine oil. Not all engine oil is made the same. Some last for a long while some lose their functional ability in a short period. To know the right oil change interval for your car, read the car owner’s manual carefully. 

The car manufacturer includes important information related to car maintenance in the car manual and you will always find it there. No matter what other car owners say, you should follow car manufacturer advice regarding oil type and oil change frequency. 

Now that you know the right oil change intervals for your car, make sure you abide by the schedule to provide the best protection to your car’s engine.