How Often Should a Car Have an Oil Change?


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Most car makers recommend having the oil changed every 3,000 miles. Manufacturers of some 2013 and newer models, however, recommend changing the oil between 7,500 and 10,000 miles.

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How Often Should a Car Have an Oil Change?
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Higher-quality oil and better-performing engines reduce the need for frequent oil changes, but changing the oil every 3,000 miles is still promoted as a safety measure. The lower mile-change recommendation helps drivers avoid waiting too long to have the oil changed in their cars. By treating the 3,000 mile oil change schedule as a loose reminder, even drivers missing the deadline by a few thousand miles can feel safe in knowing that their oil has been changed before the engine is at risk of incurring damage.

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