Most people will recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles or six months.
Why so often, you might ask? That is because most of the trips the average American Citizen include frequent short trips, stop-and-go city traffic driving, driving in constant wet weather, and many other less than ideal situations. For this type of driving that is harder on our precious vehicles, it is actually “severe service” driving, so the recommendation is to change the oil every 3,000 miles or six months.
As an engine accumulates miles, blowby increases. This dumps more unburned fuel into the crankcase which dilutes the oil. This causes the oil to break down. So if the oil isn’t changed often enough, you can end up with accelerated wear and all the engine problems that come with it (loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption).
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Change it Every 3,000 Miles and Forget it
Our lives our busy enough, that’s why you should take your car to experts. Just change the oil every 3,000 miles and don’t worry about it.
Regular oil changes for preventative maintenance are cheap insurance against engine wear, and will always save you money in the long run if you keep a car for more than three or four years. It’s very uncommon to see an engine that has been well maintained with regular oil changes develop major bearing, ring, cam or valve problems under 100,000 miles.
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