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How Often Should You Get a Car Oil Change?

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How Often Should You Get a Car Oil Change?
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Everyone seems to have a different opinion on how often you should get a car oil change and what type of oil would be the best for your vehicle. Automobile requirements change with time. What may have worked for your granddad’s 1955 car, could be diametrically different for today’s vehicles. So who’s right? Let’s find out.

Why do you need to change your oil?

change Engine oil 2016

Simple. Dirty oil can’t be as effective as clean oil. Car oil is like blood in human veins.  Your vehicle won’t function properly if it’s dirty. Contaminants in dirty oil can erode the metal parts of your engine, causing it to malfunction. Rust reducers start failing and the oil becomes useless. A car oil change can prolong your engine’s life and save a lot of dough in the long run. The bottom line: changing the oil is much cheaper than replacing your engine.

How frequently should you change the oil?

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Timing a car oil change could be tricky. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Engines are different and each of them has its own maintenance schedule. The old thumb rule was that you should change your oil after every 3,000 miles. Ask anyone who has been driving a car since before 1990, they’ll probably say: “3,000 miles or three months, whichever is earlier.”

Times have changed and the car oil change rule is no longer relevant, especially for vehicles bought after 2000. The new rule, which makes more sense, is to consult your manufacturer. Cars respond differently to different types of oils.

Besides, your vehicle may go through tougher driving conditions, leading to more depreciation than other cars. All these factors are to be considered before you consider a cheap oil change. You may also use oil change coupons in this regard.

Which oil will be the best?

Best motor oil brands

Walk into a store and you will get several options of car oils. The oil changes prices also vary. There are oils for small cars, SUVs, hatchbacks, high-mileage vehicles, concept cars, and so on. Options also change according to the season (summer/winter). Get a car oil change armed by your manufacturer’s recommendations.

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Type of car oils

Here are the four most common oil types: 

Premium conventional oil:

Premium conventional oil 2016

This is the standard car oil i.e. 5W-30 or 5W-20, and 10W-30 for areas with high temperatures, like a desert during the summer months.

Full synthetic oil:

Full synthetic oil 2016

Ideal for high-tech vehicles where it has to offer top lubrication even in high temperatures and retain viscosity in low temperatures. Full synthetic oil change prices are higher than conventional oil.

Blended oil:

Blended oil 2016

It’s an organic/synthetic mix manufactured for heavy-duty SUVs and trucks that ply in high-temperature conditions.

High mileage oil:

High Mileage Motor Oils

Made for vehicles that have clocked at least 75,000 miles. This oil has an added conditioner which swells to plug in crankshaft leaks.

Always refer to the car owner’s manual or speak to your manufacturer before you go for a car oil change. Oil change coupons can come in handy to reduce the rice of your car oil.

46 Comments
  1. George says

    Kindly assist, I own a Toyota rav4 manufactured in 2007. It consumes oil in a way that when I change oil, the level reduces and have to keep refilling after 2000kms. A mechanic examined advised that it has no problem with the rings. He advised use of full synthetic oil which I adopted. There has been no change to the car. Kindly advise how I could solve the oil consumption issue

    1. Joseph kisemei says

      Check for small licks

    2. Robii tash says

      If the car has no any indication of oil leak, then automatically it needs engine overhaul so that you get piston rings, valve seals, oil seals and engine bearing replaced with a new one and the engine get back to normal operation.

      1. Anthony says

        It depends with the usage of.the vehicle… If the engine keeps running all day for a long time, this is what happens

  2. Alpha says

    Good advice,thank you

  3. NICHOLAS THOMPSON says

    Can transmission fluid be added to engine oil

  4. Willam says

    Good information

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  5. David Wanaswa says

    Good motoring advice.

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  6. benard Banda says

    Very important tips keep it up

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  7. `APAI says

    Good help and need more advice thanks

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  8. Max Onyango Oloo says

    The above information is very educative and informative enough i like it.
    I’ll always use it secure my car engine.
    Question:
    1. Which car oil is good with Toyota corona premio 1.8 considering that i use my car in hot temperature region og south Sudan. ?
    2. Apart from engine oil, Which other areas of concern in a car to be given priority?

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. I suggest you bring the car to a local mechanical shop o solve your problem.

  9. Frederick murage says

    My car is soloon Toyota 100 year of manufacture 1985,which kind of oil am I supposed to use

    1. Trang Tran says

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  10. Terence MANUMANUA says

    Very helpful

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  11. choster sichali says

    1.what make chain noise in the engine.?
    2.what is the problem when having no I doling in my car and jerking

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  12. Benson Karwela says

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      1. Johnson says

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  14. Muhangi m says

    Wonderful information to drivers hope they like it

  15. samson chateuka says

    What is the ideal oil type for a BMW 3.18i (1999 model ) and how often can one change the oil

  16. castlo says

    Thanks for good instruction

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  17. saiete says

    My car is 1KZ diesel and I use for carrying people for 600 km per day how ofen could I change oil? And wich is a pliable for

  18. Moses Kalichero says

    I’ve learnt something new, keep on posting motor vehicle maintenance information

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  19. JUMA MAHUBA says

    my car is suzuki escudo second generation it is over 117000.mileage .after importing it from japan its manual was written in japanese language which i m not aware of it.I ware interested to know the type of car oil which would fit for my vehicle .I have been using premium BP OIL ENGINE and once i used TOTAL.NOW would you help me which type of oil will be best for my vehicle.

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. However, we cannot answer your problem because there is many things we need to see at your car. I suggest you to bring the car to a local mechanical shop o solve your problem.

  20. Sulayman says

    Valued information for sure. good business partner. Credit

  21. Peter says

    Hi,I have a 1996 ipsum auto ,,how often can I change oil, and its a fulltime four wheel drive any effect when it’s changed to normal drive.

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  23. Narayan says

    I own Maruthi swift of 2005 model….. it has ran around 61000 kms and now I’m in a confused state…. so please refer me which engine oil to be used

  24. Narayan says

    It’s good sending the information

  25. Joseph says

    What is the ideal oil for changing in a Toyota isis 2008 1.8L model. 3000,5000 or 10,000KM.

  26. Kalesy says

    Which oil is best for a spacio vvti mileage above 120 model 2002.

  27. cliff says

    I have learned something good from u about engine oil;keep it up

  28. Martin says

    How often should i change ATF gear fluid it has never been changed for over 15 years and i have realised lazyness of the car when driving backwards ie reverse gear is slow.

  29. Riya dass says

    In the earlier days car mechanics used to tell us that car engine oil needs to be changed after every three months of interval as this helps the car to meet is actual performance and increases the life of the engine as well. But as technology advanced so is our car engines now car engine oils needs to be changed after the car has crossed more than 5000 to 10000 miles. This has happened because in the earlier days cars used to have standard models of engine and now the cars have high-tech engines which takes time to fully utilize the present engine oil.

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