How Often Do You Need to Change Your Motor Oil?

How Often Do You Need to Change Your Motor Oil?

How Often Do You Need to Change Your Motor Oil?

The short answer – it depends.

Consumers are bombarded by advertisers urging them to change the motor oil in their vehicle every 3,000 miles. This interval made sense back in the 1970s when most cars used 10W-40 oil which only lasted 3,000 miles. But in the 21st century, automakers have tightened tolerances in the assembly of engines and today’s lubricants are of a much higher quality than a generation ago. Hence the 3,000 mile threshold does not apply to most vehicles or their use on the road today.

Various automakers have different recommendations for the oil change frequency depending upon model. For example, a Toyota 2005 Tacoma pickup can amass 5,000 miles before its suggested oil change. Other vehicles can travel further; 7,500 miles is the recommended interval between oil changes for the 2007 Chevy Malibu and the 2002 Honda Odyssey. Due to their light weight and small dimensions, subcompacts like the...
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