I'm not a mechanic, but at least here in Europe we do not change the oil every 3000 miles. My husband is a mechanic from the US and agrees with this. Of course it depends on the climate I guess, but I live in a climate where we have 4 seasons, really cold winters and not so warm summers. (...and I love summers... but that is besides the point...)
We change the oil and the air filter every 7 000 - 10 000 miles approximately. As long as you make sure your oil levels are good and the engine sounds normal, you should be OK. My dad did this same also all his life and all our cars have worked perfectly. I think changing every 3 000 miles is unnecessary.
I let mine go to 7000 miles, and when I went to go get it changed, they said I had to sign a waiver, because there was no oil on the dip stick. They wanted to make sure they were not responsible if anything happened to my car.
I don't mean I literally change my own oil. I just mean, do I really have to drive to the Jiffy Lube to get it changed every 3000 miles. LOL
Being that the oil is the life's blood of your engine, its a really good idea to do routine oil changes....but you could get by with more than 3k miles on a change. Most synthetics are good (as advertised) for 5k...but run you a bit more. How often you need to change it depends on several factors, climate, location, driving conditions (city / hwy) and the like. Oil has changed a great deal since the days of our Grandfathers and has a lot more resistance to break downs in its viscosity. 3K miles is 'on average' when it should be changed....but honestly, unless your are doing hard driving (racing / off roading) then you are likely ok with getting 5k out of normal oil and 7 to 10k from synthetics without any real damage.
a couple key things....if you have a new car and want to retain the warranty, then yes, every 3k you should change the oil and get a document (printout) for it, so you have proof. What you shouldn't do is start to used synthetics before about 10,000 miles on a new car. The stuff is actually TOO slippery and your engine's mated components won't 'seat' properly. after about a 10,000 mile break-in period, changing to synthetics is a great idea.
changes every 3k or not, you should still "check" your oil. It won't do any good to change it every 3k miles is 90% of it leaks out / is burned between changes.
There are a lot of information links about oil these days...Consumer Reports test mostly everything, oils included. i'd do a bit of internet detective work to see what oils are well rated and then view the charts to see what type I should be running based on my location in the country (with regards to what my wallet can afford). A lot of this will depend on the type of car and age of it.
Several oils now offer deals that if your car is less than 10 years old, and less than approx 130,000 miles...if you switch to their brand AND do regular maintenance, they will guarentee the engine for 300,000 miles....the catch is you must use their oil and follow the rules about changes....but honestly, since you are going to have to change oil anyway...i'd at least check in to it. (this will ONLY cover the engine and parts related to damage due to oil failure.....so not transaxels, tires, hoses, or anything like that).
Message me if you have any questions I didn't at least poke at Danielle.
Thank you so much Mickey. This information was so helpful.
most welcome. I do some wrenching on old street/hot/rat rods and just finished the Motorcycle course here...so I know a lil about some of it. Might not know it all, but happy to share what I do.
Depends on the type of oil used and how hard you are on the vehicle. Most synthetic oils you can get by with 6,000 miles, I have a 1995 grand am 3.1 w 175k on it I used engine flush to clean the engine , dumped it , added Duralube and 5w30 mobile synthetic oil. run it for 6,000 miles changed the oil and it wasn't dark at all and could see through it. now its just an oil change every 6,000 miles with mobile 5w30 syn.
there is however another synthetic oil that is good to 25,000 miles but yo will need to change the oil filter at least 1 time during those miles. I use it on motorcycles most of the time, it's called amsoil.
on older cars I would stick to the 3,000 plain old oil until you rebuild the motor then start using synthetic.
changing your oil will help you with your gas mpg and cleens the engine,depending on the oil you use ,and how and were you drive.at the lease 3000mil is good
I would def recommend it! That's your engines life line!!
i have 30,000 miles on my Kawasaki Z750S And i change the oil and filter every 2,500 miles
I also have a Filter Mag , that helps keep particles from escaping oil filter into my engine.
yes you do if you dont it could destroy the engine because oil goes bad and it losses its viscosity .
I don't think it would destroy your car if you wait longer than 3K miles if you use good oil. Cheaper oils may not stand up to a longer period of time. There's a rating on oil called the API rating that has been in place for many years that started with SA and goes up letter by letter, SB,SC and so on that relates to technological advances through the years. I've seen as high as SM, there may be synthetics with a higher rating than that. Also there are additives that make oil last longer.
When I first purchased my car, I was getting oil changes every 5,000 miles as advised by the dealership. I bought the Service Plan with my vehicle as well. However, I do know that the older the vehicle, the more you have to get oil changes. Now, I get an oil change every 3,000 miles or so. I try not to go past that as I can feel it in the pedal when I don't. My car runs harder than usual when it's time for a change. I have an '02 Honda Civic and I'm trying to keep it as long as possible. There's no question about it, getting an oil change is a must!
Depends on oil and make of vehicle. My 1999 BMW 740ILsays 11,000 miles with the recommended oil as to were my 2010 Chevy Silverado says 3500 miles with recommended oil. I just go by that but as far as changing it. Oil is cheap; new rods, crank, and bearings are not.
hi chick from one girl to another so it makes perfect sense we put lotion on our bodies every day right? every three thou. u lotion up that car baby so it runs smooth, like us girl !right?
oh and its nice to know i am not the only girl in here
I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla with 71,000 miles on it(appx.) and while I do not know the manufacutrers recommended oil change frequency, I did a test on my own. I went 10,000 miles on one oil change checking the oil weekly. I looked for the feel of the oil( the finger/thumb test sensing the viscosity from new), the look (how dark the oil became from new), and smell (did it smell burned or otherwise different from new oil). When I started the test I topped off the oil to the top fill line in a warmed up engine with the recommended oil weight and used Castrol. At the end of the 10,000 mile test, the finger test felt only slightly less slick than new, the oil started by looking like a dark honey color and ended the color of grilled onions, but was still clear. (NOTE: I used a WIX oil filter.) The smell of the oil was just starting to take on a slight odor of cooked oil. The level of my oil only dropped by about 8 ounces, half a pint.
I know this is nothing like a scientific test, but I have been working on cars my whole life and have a pretty good feel for what I was doing. At any time I felt like the oil was breaking down before the 10,000 mile mark I would have changed the oil preventing damage to the engine. I do NOT recommend that someone else does this kind of test unless they have a feel for the oil and a commitment to checking the oil at regular intervals.
All that said, I feel confident in going 5,000 to 7,000 miles between changes on this car. I don't do a lot of heavy driving nor do I put a lot of miles on it in a short time. My driving habits and anyone elses will not line up so taking my results as typical for this car are NOT recommended. Each car and each driver have to find their own schedule in whatever way fits them best as long as the health of the engine is foremost in importance, make sure you do what is best for the engine first, best for your wallet second.
First and Foremost if you have a new car I recommend that you follow the manufactuers guidelines because you dont want to void your warranty for instance all new GM models coming out from 2011 and up you have to use oil with Dexos in it or it voids your warranty (Dexos is found in your synthetic oils Mobil1 etc etc. and also alot of these Manfactuers ( Toyota,Honda etc etc) will tell you that you have to use there oil filters to keep your warranty on your car which in return is false it is against federal laws for them to do that you can use what ever oil filter you feel comfortable using. Me personaly and threw experience with working on cars try to recommend changing your oil every 3k if you are using standard oil (Penz,Valvoline,Havoline,Castrol etc) and never more than 3500. Now Synthetic oils I recommend 5K (Mobil 1, Castrol Syntec etc etc) and never no more than 7K and thats with a Fram Extended Guard filter thats my personal choice in filters is Fram ( as far as cost and performance ,all just a matter in what you want to pay) Now there are partial synthetic oils such as Motorcraft for Fords. Then you have your High Mileage Oils for cars with over 75K on them once again its personal choice on how much your willing to pay. But getting your oil changed is a MUST if you want to get your moneys worth out of your car!!! Also on a sidenote be sure never ever add too much oil when changing your oil because over filling is worse than underfilling because you can do severe damage to your cars enigne (blown gaskets,bent rods cracked blocks etc etc.
But when choosing an oil find the proper weight designed for your car always make sure the proper size filter is used and the brand of oil is personal opinion Standard Oil I like Castrol GTX and Synthetic I prefer Mobil1 and remember never ever over fill!!!!!!! And after that its nothing but rubber on oavement and good times!!!!!!
If your car as lots of miles on it they do say that you should use synthetic oil's. Because everything we have has High miles on it we only use synthetic's. We also use oil treatments in every oil change. Rule of thumb is to change oil every 3,000 miles. I (myself) wouldn't use a jiffy lube . One they do not do the key check points of your car. They make their money by pushing them in and out as fast as they can.
Oil does brake down over time. If you are doing a lot of starts and stop then it is best to change often. Hope this help ya . have a great day!