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I Am Driving Less, Do I Still Need My Oil Changed? (YES!)

Regularly maintaining your vehicle is essential for its overall performance, longevity, and driving experience. Regardless of how little or how much you drive your car, you'll need to change the oil regularly.

Why Is an Oil Change Important?

Oil changes are a crucial part of your car's maintenance. Oil changes help with:

  • Better engine performance
  • Improving gas mileage
  • Less harmful emissions
  • Extended engine life
  • Prevention of dirt and debris buildup

What Do the Car Experts Say?

Mechanics recommend getting an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Many car owners believe that changing their oil more frequently than recommended will help their car, which is a myth. Changing the oil more times than suggested will not help or harm your car.

Four Common Oil Change Intervals

  • Every 1,000 miles or every six months
  • Every 3,000 miles
  • Every 5,000 to 7,500 miles
  • Every 10,000 to 15,000 miles or every six months

Changing Oil FAQ

Can oil go bad if you don't drive?

Oil degrades over time, but driving your car less than the recommended service intervals still require you to change your oil. Since you are driving your car less, it's best to change your oil twice a year.

Can you exceed 10,000 miles using synthetic oil?

Yes! You can drive more than 10,000 miles if your car uses synthetic oil.

Is using full synthetic oil worth the price?

Although synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil, synthetic oil can be worth the price due to its benefits. Synthetic oil is better than conventional oil for the environment, and synthetic oil performs better than conventional oil.

How often should the oil be changed?

The frequency in which you change your oil depends on specific information for your car and the driving you do regularly, such as stop-and-go traffic or driving on the highway.

If your car needs an oil change or any other auto work, you've come to the right place! Your car's maintenance schedule is important, and we want to help you keep your car in the best shape. Bring your car to our shop today! We look forward to helping you!

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