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How Often Should You Get a Car Oil Change?

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?

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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:

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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.

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32 thoughts on “How Often Should You Get a Car Oil Change?

    • December 2, 2016 at 1:50 am
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  • October 20, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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    Good motoring advice.

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:44 am
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  • October 21, 2016 at 1:01 am
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    Very important tips keep it up

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  • October 21, 2016 at 5:47 am
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    Good help and need more advice thanks

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  • October 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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    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?

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:43 am
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      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. I suggest you bring the car to a local mechanical shop o solve your problem.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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    My car is soloon Toyota 100 year of manufacture 1985,which kind of oil am I supposed to use

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    • December 8, 2016 at 1:41 am
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      Thank you for contacting Car From Japan. I suggest you bring the car to a local mechanical shop o solve your problem.

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    • December 2, 2016 at 1:47 am
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  • November 16, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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    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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    • November 28, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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  • November 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm
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    good lecturing

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      • January 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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  • February 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    Wonderful information to drivers hope they like it

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  • February 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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    What is the ideal oil type for a BMW 3.18i (1999 model ) and how often can one change the oil

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  • February 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    Thanks for good instruction

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    • February 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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  • February 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm
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    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

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  • February 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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    I’ve learnt something new, keep on posting motor vehicle maintenance information

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    • March 26, 2017 at 12:38 am
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  • February 10, 2017 at 10:14 pm
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    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.

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    • February 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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      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.

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  • February 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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    Valued information for sure. good business partner. Credit

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  • February 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm
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    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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