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For the last fifty years or so, the general rule of thumb has been that you should change your vehicle’s oil every 3,000 miles. Technology and engineering have come a very long way since the 1960s, so why is it still a common belief that an oil change is needed so often? Well, in truth, it isn’t, and believing oil technology hasn’t advanced in the past 50 years is laughable.
Many modern automakers list oil changes as regular maintenance. The usual numbers for an oil change are around every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. That’s two to three times the 3,000 mile belief. You can save a good amount of money simply by following your owner’s manual’s schedule rather than the sticker on the window.
The 3,000 mile oil change belief is promoted by the quick change oil industry, companies that can make a profit off of it. Imagine if most drivers simply stopped following the sticker they slap on the windshield stating when your next oil change should be. That would be very bad for business – their business.
Most vehicles don’t need an oil change until they hit at least 5,000 miles. Vehicles that need their oil changed every 5,000 miles include Hyundai and Kia models with turbocharged engines under the hood. Toyota vehicles that require non-synthetic oil also need an oil change every 5,000 miles.
Your average vehicle needs an oil change every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, although the number varies from automaker to automaker. Jaguar, for example, lists an oil change every 15,000 miles on the regular maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual.
Today’s oils are stronger and last longer than their 20th century counterparts. Many automakers are using synthetic oil and tighter tolerances between engine parts. Modern vehicles will also let you know when you need an oil change via an oil life monitoring systems.
Save yourself some money; ignore the windshield sticker and check your owner’s manual instead. When your vehicle is ready for an oil change, come to Randall Mitsubishi where we care about the life and quality of your car.