This question doesn’t have an exact answer, because when you should get your oil changed all depends on your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend scheduling an oil change every 7,500 miles in passenger car and light truck gasoline engines. For diesel engines and turbocharged gasoline engines, manufacturers usually recommend every 3,000 miles or every six months.
However, these recommendations are meant for vehicles that are driven under ideal circumstances. And although you may think that you are driving under these circumstances, most likely you’re not. If your daily driving routine includes frequent short trips of ten miles or less, city traffic (stopping and starting), driving on gravel roads or driving at highway speeds during hot weather, you are actually considered driving under “severe service” circumstances. Under these conditions, the best recommendation is to schedule an oil change for any vehicle every 3,000 miles or every six months. If you aren’t careful enough to get your oil changed when it needs it, you can end up with many engine problems like, loss of performance, increased emissions and oil consumption.
Many newer cars have an oil life monitoring system installed for you to reference when trying to figure out when to schedule an oil change. Some are just basic reminder systems, based on your mileage, triggering a maintenance light when the vehicle hits a predetermined mileage range. More advanced versions use sensors to predict the actual life of your oil based on your driving conditions.
Getting your oil changed when you should is an inexpensive way to prevent any serious damage done to your engine. It will end up saving you money in the long run, especially if you plan on keeping your car for a few years or more. If a car is well maintained, with regular oil changes it will be at less risk in developing major bearing, ring, cam or valve problems under 100,000 miles.
Still not sure when you need to schedule an oil change? The best suggestion would be to ask your local automotive service technician. At Suburban Autoworks we can determine when the best time would be, and when to schedule it again in the future so you have less to worry about. Contact us today to schedule your next oil change.