When Should you Schedule an Oil Change?
The bottom line to any oil change schedule is that you want to make sure it gets down before the old oil starts negatively affecting your car. There are a number of ways you can determine the right time for an oil change, though. The most common measure is by mileage. The number of miles traveled after a change is a very safe rule of thumb to follow. Depending on your oil (regular, synthetic, etc.) and your car itself, the amount of miles you can go will vary. Sometimes it is every 3,000 miles, sometimes 5,000 or even up to 10,000 miles allowed before an oil change. If you are going to be on a long road trip, it’s best to get an oil change right before leaving.
Other factors to consider include your vehicle’s total load, or carrying weight. Frequently stressing gears by pulling a heavy trailer means you will need to change your fluids more frequently. Climate can also play a part at different times of the year. Heat waives, cold spells or rapid fluctuations in temperature could mean you need an oil change more often.
You can also refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation on oil changes. (That means dusting off that owner’s manual from the recesses of the glove box.) Their recommendation can help you stay ahead of the game in keeping your car running well.