When Do I Need an Oil Change?

January 16th, 2014 by

This is a question we get a lot at our Honda service department. It used to be easy to figure out; ask anyoneMan changing car oil laying under vehicle. and they’d say every 3000 miles. Today engine and oil technology has advanced to the point where cars can go much longer. While the exact answer depends on your vehicle, a general answer is every 5000 to 7000 miles.

Check the Owner’s Manual

The easiest way to know what’s best for your car is to check the owner’s manual. Inside you’ll find a service time table giving you information about when to change your oil and other important maintenance to take note of. In general, if you pay attention to these guidelines, you’ll keep your car running longer and probably spend less on repairs.

There won’t be a set number inside, but you’ll find a few intervals related to driving conditions. Ideally, you’d be always driving 60 mph on the highway, but we all know most driving is a lot of stopping and starting. These are considered adverse driving conditions for a car. If you’re a commuter, then you’ll probably find getting an oil change more often is a good choice.

What Happened to Every 3000 Miles?

If you’re still getting your oil changed every 3000 miles, then you’ve unfortunately been wasting money. When the 3000 mile number was fist established, motor oil was pretty primitive. When left in the engine too long, the oil broke down into an awful sludge. Today’s motor oils still break down, but you don’t have to worry as much about your engine turning to ooze. Motor oil technology has increased so much there are some synthetics that can reportedly last around 25,000 miles.

You may think you’re being safe with 3000 mile oil changes, but you’re really just hurting yourself financially and the environment.

Get Your Oil Changed at Bosak Honda

When you need an oil change, Bosak Honda can take care of it for you. Schedule a service appointment and then head to our dealership in Michigan City at 710 US 20. If you still have questions about when you need an oil change, you can reach us at (800) 728-9825

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