Oil Change Myth Exposed

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

"I get my oil changed every four months or every 3,000 miles," said one man waiting for his car at the shop.

"I try to get my oil changed every 3,000 miles," piped up another customer.

The old mantra, 'change your oil every 3,000 miles,' has been ingrained in us since our very first car. But with new technology, is that mantra out of date?

According to Terry Gilliam from Settle Tire, for newer cars, yes it is. "For newer cars you can get them changed at 7,500 miles. Any time you have a car that's over 80,000 miles you need to get it done every 3,000 miles," advised Gilliam.

But this isn't true of everyone. Fast drivers and stop-and-go drivers cause more wear and tear on cars, so they still have to get their oil changed every 3,000 miles. Highway drivers, said Gilliam, are off the hook.

"When you are driving steady on a highway, it's just not a lot of strain on the car," Gilliam pointed out. "When you are driving stop and go, you have to get your oil changed regularly."

Where someone lives can cause them to drive more severely and also can dirty the oil faster. "If you live out in the country or on a back road then you need to get your oil changed every 2,000 miles or so," Gilliam added.

Gilliam has thrown out a lot of different numbers, so which one does he goes go by? "3,000 miles," admitted Gilliam. This is because he believes that either you pay now or you pay later: "If you keep up with that, normally your oil will be okay."

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