How Frequently Should I Change My Oil and Filter?
Keeping your oil and filter clean is essential to your car’s wellbeing. Many mechanics recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles, whereas dealers often suggest every 5,000 miles and vehicle owner’s manuals 7,500 or more. But how often should you change your oil and filter? Several factors affect the frequency at which oil and filter changes should be performed.
Normal vs. severe driving
Normal driving conditions call for less frequent oil changes. But, more frequent changes are necessary for severe driving habits such as:
- Frequent trips of 10 miles or less
- Stop-and-go traffic or frequent idling
- Driving in a polluted environment
- Extreme heat or cold
A general rule
So while there are conflicting opinions on frequency of oil changes, as experts in auto repair in Raleigh, NC we advise having your oil changed regularly every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever is less. When doing so, use a high-quality standard oil. If you prefer to change your oil every six months or every 6,000 miles, be sure to use a full, synthetic oil rather than a standard oil.
Are fewer changes better for the environment?
One of the more common questions we get about oil changes is, “Isn’t it better for the environment to change your oil less often?” The truth may surprise you. All oil drained from automobiles and old filters removed during a filter change are recycled. We recycle oil with a Clean Burn, EPA certified waste oil furnace on site!
Should I change my own oil?
When you bring your car to a specialist in auto repair in Raleigh NC, we do more than change the oil. We also check for issues that may not have gotten your attention yet. We also:
- Lubricate the chassis
- Top off the fluids in your vehicle, and
- Draw your attention to anything that might need attention in the future
While changing your oil at home may save you a few pennies, the additional service standard with our oil and filter change could save you more in the long run.