How Often Should I Change My Engine Oil?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Oil?

The general rule of thumb regarding oil change intervals has always been every 6000 miles. Even though you may not see any oil leaking, engines can and do burn small amounts of oil that are not noticeable. Always try to keep your oil level between the hi / lo lines on the dip stick and never overfill your crankcase.

When in doubt you should always follow what your vehicle owners’ manual says regarding oil change intervals. Newer vehicles use a computer to calculate the life of the oil based on driving conditions, driving style, air temperature, traffic conditions and multiple other factors. This allows owners to change their oil much less frequently than the recommended 6000 miles. Often times these vehicles will go 10,000 or even 12,000 miles before the oil change light comes on.

Changing your oil every 6000 miles is still a safe bet, albeit an expensive one. Try to get into the habit of checking your oil every time you fill up with gas. Stopping at the gas station is good reminder and it gives you something to do while the gas is being pumped into your car! Remember that engine oil is the life blood of your vehicle. Of all of the maintenance tasks a person should be doing regularly, making sure the engine oil is full and changing the oil and oil filter on a regular basis is probably one of, if not THE most important. Today’s cars and trucks are very reliable and built to last a long time with the proper maintenance.