You’ve heard it before. Your engine’s oil is the lifeblood of your car. Getting an oil change may seem like a hassle, but regular oil changes are key to keeping your car as reliable as possible. How Often Do You Need To Change Your Oil? Typically, we recommend an oil change every 3,000, 4,000, or 5,000 miles depending on both the oil used and your driving habits.
If you typically use cheaper (conventional) oil, or most of your driving consists of short trips (a few miles to the store, a few miles to work, etc.), 3,000 miles is probably as long as you want to go without an oil change. This is partly because if you aren’t making long trips at steady, high speeds (like on the highway), your oil doesn’t get hot enough to boil off the condensation that accumulates in the system. The second point of concern with short trips is the amount of starting/stopping your engine does. Most of the wear and tear on your engine occurs when you’re starting your car, and if you aren’t driving very far, most of your driving is of the type that is very hard on your engine. More frequent oil changes will help minimize the damage.
How Often Do You Need To Change Your Oil if you use Synthetic Blend?
If you regularly make longer highway trips, and/or use synthetic blended oil, changing your oil every 4,000 miles is probably best. A synthetic blend, as the name suggests, is a blend of conventional and synthetic oil. Conventional oil is cheaper to buy than synthetic, and synthetic oil offers more protection at a slightly higher price. Blending the two creates a happy medium where you get the best of both worlds.
How Often Do You Need To Change Your Oil if you use Synthetic?
We recommend changing it every 5,000 miles. Some auto manufacturers, and some oil companies will say you can go longer, but we don’t generally recommend it. A lot of the “common problems” for cars made in the last 10 or so years can be avoided entirely by just changing the oil more often, and using a high quality oil. Plus, let’s face it. Everyone forgets about their oil change schedule occasionally, so if you plan on changing it every 5k anyway, it won’t hurt anything if that oil change happens to slip your mind for a week or two.