Changing engine oil. How often?
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To begin, you need to know what oil does in a car and why it breaks down and needs to be changed. The role of motor oil in a car is to lubricate the moving parts. Without oil, the parts would rub against each other, creating unacceptable levels of friction and heat. This leads to wear and tear on the engine, which can dramatically shorten the life of your car. However, motor oil is not designed to last forever and the oil itself will break down, which will cause its own problems with reduced lubrication allowing for the aforementioned friction and heat.
The range of 3000 to 5000 miles has been mentioned more than once in this article because this is the range of most of the cars currently on the road. However, the best schedule for your car will depend on the make and model of your car, the type of driving you do and the area of the country you live in. The owner’s manual is a good source for this information but your mechanic is also a good resource. The old adage used to be 3 months or 3000 miles, but over time with the varied amount that people drive, usage or mileage has become the new standard. Most oil change locations will issue a sticker with the odometer reading of your next recommended oil change to help you remember.