The best way to ensure optimal automotive maintenance and repair is to schedule oil changes every 3,000 miles or 3 months, or as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. While traditionally this was done every three months, modern oil quality and engine materials have allowed for an extended interval of between six and twelve months. This is due to the improved resistance to decay caused by high temperatures, as well as the ability to keep dirt and particles in suspension for longer periods of time, allowing the oil filter to trap them. Different vehicles have different maintenance needs, with recent advances in automotive technology reducing the oil change intervals of some newer cars to 7,500 or 10,000 miles, or once every six to twelve months. Shorter trips, driving time and dusty roads can cause oil to break down faster and need to be changed sooner.
If you drive on dirt roads or in dusty or salty environments and perform a lot of cold starts and short runs, the factory oil filter has only limited purification capacity. You may need to consult the owner's manual for specific maintenance requirements and advice on changing the oil. Extreme temperatures, rough driving habits and uneven terrain can significantly affect oil life and engine oil consumption. When your car is in the elevator for an oil change, other wear items such as brake pads, coolant, tires, and shock absorbers can also be evaluated and possibly replaced. People who practice good driving habits, drive their cars regularly, perform routine tire rotations and mostly stay on the road usually comply with normal service maintenance. Oil change intervals of 5,000 and 7,500 miles are becoming more common, although some manufacturers recommend that you also consider your driving style and habits.
If you go too long between oil changes, you risk reaching a point of no return where your vehicle's engine will require a costly repair or even total failure. A newer car is likely to still be under the manufacturer's warranty which covers maintenance and oil change costs. We'll also cover the service and maintenance programs you should follow depending on your driving style and frequently asked questions about oil changes.