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Angie’s List: When Your Car Should Get an Oil Change

(WGGB) — Does your car need an oil change every 3,000, 5,000 or 7,000 miles?

How often your car needs an oil change depends on a variety of factors

There was a time when 3 months or 3,000 miles was sound advice on when to change your oil, but times have changed.

“Years ago the time to change your oil was really simple – every three months or 3,000 miles. With the improvements made to engine oil as well as cars you need to depend on your owner’s manual for the best recommendation of how frequently your car may need an oil change. It could be 3,000, 7,000, even 10,000 miles,” says Angie’s Hicks of Angie’s List

Vehicles that use conventional motor oil should have their oil changed between 3,000 and 5,000 miles.

Those who use synthetic motor oil can go up to 7,000 miles.

If you’re not sure, check your owner’s manual.

Where and how you drive your vehicle can also play a role. Regular oil changes are a critical in ensuring your car’s engine runs properly and will have a long life.

If you ignore this maintenance item, damage can occur.-

“If you skip a lawn treatmen you can always catch up and recover your lawn, but your engine will wear and you won’t get that back,” says Jim Trump, who owns an auto repair shop.

Checking under the hood and vehicle during an oil changecan also help your mechanic spot needed repairs or services before major work is needed.


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