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When to Change the Engine Oil ?

The answer is simple: Check your owner’s manual. It should be your car maintenance and operation bible. Don’t make assumptions on the interval based on past experiences, because the timing has evolved over the years.

Many cars, pickups, and SUVs now have service reminder monitors that alert drivers when to change their oil. These systems typically monitor the number of miles a vehicle has traveled, and they also sense how hard the car is being driven, and adjust accordingly.

Make sure you get your oil change soon after you receive such an alert.

It’s not just about miles: If you don’t drive your car a lot, your oil still needs to be kept fresh. Even if you drive fewer miles each year than your automaker suggests changing the oil (say, 6,000 miles, with suggested oil-change intervals at 7,500 miles), you should still be getting that oil changed twice a year.

Why? Oil becomes less effective as it ages, and by not getting the engine warm enough, excess moisture that forms in the engine will not be removed, which can lead to shorter engine life.

Does changing oil more often than car manufacturers recommend make an engine clean and last longer?

Your engine looks like the picture above, guess what, you are in deep trouble.

Everybody has an angle on Oil change intervals, seems like it all comes down who gets your money.

Car manufacturer may want to shorten the life of your engine so that you buy a new car, Service centers trying to sell sell sell. Everyone wants a piece of that pie. It is your decision.

My suggestion for my cliental has always been the same, at least twice a year. Down here in Florida, specially so close to the salt water of the gulf and the the heat of the day.  Give us a chance to inspect the rest of the car, top off fluids and air up the tires. For me an oil change ain't anything more than a physical at your doctor. A safety and maintenance inspection.