Time To Change Oil On Your Engine

by Generator D. Diesel Generator


Its a message that has been steered at drivers for years: Change your engine oil every 3,000 miles. Mechanics say you could be damaging your engine if you dont. Yet Consumer Reports says its a waste of money.

So who is right?


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To reconcile the varying points of view, youve got to consult your owners manual and use a little bit of common sense. Most owners manuals for newer vehicles will tell you its acceptable to go 5,000 miles between oil changes under normal conditions. But you should drop to 3,000 miles if you drive under severe conditions.


Severe driving conditions can take a toll on just about every part of your car both inside and out.


But what exactly are severe conditions? AAA defines them as the following:


    Driving on short trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in freezing temperatures.

    Driving in hot weather stop-and-go traffic.

    Driving at low speeds of less than 50 miles per hour for long distances.

    Driving on roads that are dusty, muddy or have salt, sand or gravel spread on the surface.

    Towing a trailer, carrying a camper (if a pickup truck) or transporting items on a roof rack or in a car-top carrier.

    Making jack rabbitstops and starts the kind people tend to do when racing from traffic light to traffic light.


If youre just driving back and forth to work during the week, and to soccer fields and baseball games during the weekend, then theres really no sense in changing your oil every 3,000 miles.


A couple of years, a Consumer Reports study put the brakes on the myth of the 3,000-mile oil change. They found no noticeable difference in engine protection whether you changed the oil every 3,000 or 7,500 miles.


Ultimately, this one has to be a personal decision. Maybe youre comfortable changing every 3,000 miles and think 7,500 is too long to wait. Then why not split the difference and do it every 5,000 or so miles? Youll be saving about a third by going those extra miles between oil changes.


Experts say a $20 oil change is the best preventative maintenance you can do. So the interval is really up to you as long as you dont exceed whats recommended in your owners manual.



Oil is vital to your cars health and longevity. It circulates throughout your engine, reducing friction between moving parts and carrying off heat, varnishes and carbonsthings that can lower your cars performance. Oil also contains additives that clean dirty engine parts, prevent oil sludge from building up, stop oil from breaking down under high temperatures, stop rust and corrosion and improve flow (viscosity).


How often should you change your oil?


The old guideline was every 3 months or 3,000 miles. But with todays advanced oil chemistry and engine technology, oil change frequency is changing. Its not uncommon now for car owners to change the oil in their cars or trucks every 7,500 or 10,000 miles. Longer intervals between changes are not only easier on your wallet, but also on the environmentas theres less dirty waste oil to dispose of. Nevertheless, check your owners manual and dont go beyond the carmakers recommended interval.


What if you never change your oil?

The more heat, varnish and carbons that oil collects, the less effective it becomes. If not changed, it will eventually degrade into sludge, which can clog up your engine and wear out your pistons. Repairing that kind of damage is a lot more expensive than a simple oil change.  





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