Is it 3000 miles? 5000 or 7000 miles? every 3 months?
The debate in the automotive world on how often change oil must be done has been circulating since forever. The short conclusion: It depends. Here are some tips to guide you on this very important maintenance for your vehicle.
Determine Your Driving Habits/Conditions
- If rarely driven more than 10 miles at a time, change the oil more often – at least twice a year
- If mostly driver more than 20 miles a day, refer to the owner’s manual’s recommendation
Refer to Your Oil Life Monitor
- Newer car models have an oil life monitor installed. Basic versions are maintenance reminders that are based on mileage and light up when the predetermined mileage is hit. On the other hand, advanced versions are based on algorithms like driving habit and conditions.
Use the Time Estimate
- Aside from the mileage, it is also important to consider the time estimate. Some of the cars used this basis for car oil – say 10,000 miles or 1-yr interval, whichever comes first. Check your owner’s manual for this guide.
Get Your Oil Analyzed
- While driving habits/conditions may be subjective, the best way to determine how you drive your vehicle is through oil analysis. This will show oil condition, car problems (if any) and will give you a recommendation on the best timing of oil changes.