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When Should I Change My Car’s Oil?

When your oil in your car becomes dirty it cannot do nearly the job of protecting your cars engine as fresh oil. Dirty oil over time will break down, hold abrasive particles, form sludge and other contaminants in the crankcase that will wear on your engine over time.

So, what is a reasonable amount of time to be changing your oil? When you go to check your oil at the dipstick the oil will appear black, even after a recent oil change. So do not think that just because it appears to black it is time to change your oil. The best way to know when your are ready for an oil change is to keep track of how many miles you have driven since your last oil change. Most manufactures recommend changing your oil every 3000 miles if you drive your car in extreme operating conditions. You are probably thinking there is no way I drive my car in extreme driving conditions, but you would be surprised what would qualify you as extreme driving condition. Driving in stop and go traffic on city streets and freeways, driving short distances usually under 10 miles, or short distances on the freeway that do not allow your car to get up to operating temperature, extremely hot or cold weather, dusty road conditions, or towing heavy loads behind your vehicle.

In any of these conditions it is recommended to change your oil every 3000 miles especially on older cars. New car manufactures will recommend an oil change every 7500 miles which is based on optimum operating conditions. If you are a new car owner it would best to play it safe and change your oil every 5000 miles. You never want to go past what the car manufacturer has recommended for oil changes under any circumstances. When you do, make sure to have it changed immediately. If you want an experienced mechanic do it for you, find one in your area by searching for oil change and your city, such as Oil Change Miramar.

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