One of the biggest myths in car maintenance is how often to change the oil. For years, mechanics recommended oil changes every 3,000 miles. Thanks to modern engine technology, most auto manufacturers now recommend oil changes between 7,500 and 10,000 miles.
To keep your oil clean, consider these tips:
- If you have a newer vehicle, trust the oil life monitor to indicate your next oil change.
- Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for recommended oil change intervals.
- Check your oil level regularly using the dipstick. If it is low, add more oil— if it looks dirty, change it out.
Whether you change your own oil or have it done by a mechanic, be sure to keep track of the mileage. You can make notes of your maintenance in your owner’s manual, or keep a small notebook with dates and mileage to help remember when your next oil change should be.