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How often should you really change your oil?

Updated: Nov 21, 2018

Hello RVA- it's time for Richmond's Easy Street Oil to blog about the importance of oil changes, vehicle maintenance, and treating your car well.


For decades auto manufactures told vehicle owners to change their oil and filter every 3,000 miles or 3 months. That was great advice 30 years ago, but not so much anymore.


Mechanics from 1975 wouldn't even recognize the oils, filters, or even engines used in modern vehicles today. Motor oil has gone through a tremendous amount of research and development over the years with countless improvements. Also, the way engines are built and the materials used to build them have gone through huge improvements over the years. All of this adds up to longer intervals between oil changes. Which is great for your wallet and less waste going to landfills.


Most vehicles can easily go 6,000 - 7,500 miles between oil and filter changes. There are a few things that impact this, such as the type of oil and filter used, the type of driving you do, and what your vehicle's owners manual says. If you make a lot of short driving trips, drive in heavy traffic often, tow with your vehicle, or drive in really dusty areas you might need an oil change a bit more often, but still not every 3,000 miles or 3 months.


So the next time you're told you need an oil and filter change after 3,000 miles or only 3 months, consider a second opinion as it might be an unnecessary cost you can avoid. A reputable mechanic and auto shop should have no problems with you asking questions and making sure you're getting the right work done at the right time for your vehicle.





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