How Often Should I Change My Oil?

I’ve been in the automotive industry for more than 22 years, and one of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently is: “How often do you recommend I change my oil?”

First, let’s understand why regular oil changes are important.
Regular oil changes keep your vehicle’s engine functioning at its optimum performance level. If you do not change your oil frequently enough, your car can experience a variety of engine-related issues, including:

  1. Severe wear

  2. A decrease in fuel economy

  3. An increase in emissions

  4. And, an increase in oil consumption

Bottom line … The better you take care of your vehicle, the longer it will last!

How often should I change my oil?
It’s important to know that several factors affect how frequently you should change your oil:

  1. Type of engine: Are you driving a gasoline or diesel engine?

  2. Type of oil: Are you using conventional or synthetic oil? Synthetic oil can last longer intervals between changes, since it is artificially made from modified petroleum components instead of pure crude oil.

  3. The age of your vehicle: Older vehicles – over 75,000 miles – require oil changes at more frequent intervals.

  4. How you drive: Are you are “normal” driver? Or, do you make frequent, short trips and participate in stop-and-go driving; etc.? This is called “service” driving and also requires oil changes at more frequent intervals.

In 2006, Valvoline conducted a survey of 300 ASE Certified Master Technicians. A majority of survey respondents agreed that to ensure maximum protection for your vehicle’s engine, you should elect to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months (whichever comes first).

So, here’s what I recommend …
Visit your local Best-One retailer for your next oil change. We can get you in and out quickly! While at the shop, consult with your mechanic. They’ll recommend the ideal interval between oil changes for your vehicle.

Nate Zolman, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist