Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you need to get done. That’s just the way life works, and we’ve all been there. One common chore many people put off as long as possible is getting the oil in their vehicle changed. That’s not so bad, right?
Think about it this way: you’re doing dishes. Your vehicle is the sink and the oil is the water in the sink. The water in your sink starts out clean as you’re washing the dishes, but after a while, you’re just washing dirty dishes with dirty water. It’s the same with oil and your engine. While you probably aren’t going to run out of oil unless you put off changing it for thousands and thousands of extra miles, you aren’t doing the engine any favors by not changing the oil on time. If that didn’t convince you to get your oil changed on time, just think of all the additional wear-and-tear you’re putting on your engine. Engines need oil to lubricate all the metal parts so the vehicle continues running properly. Delaying an oil change for too long can cause a lot of damage to your engine and can ultimately cause it to stop working.
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How often should you change the oil in your car?
The recommended time frame used to be every 3,000 miles or every three months. Now there is a little disagreement between experts on whether you actually need to change your oil that often, so your best course of action would be to check the owner’s manual of your vehicle. You will have to take into consideration how much of your driving is consistent vs how much is stop-and-go, how often you are driving short distances vs long distances and a few other criteria, but your owner’s manual will be able to give you information more specific to your vehicle than the internet probably can.