How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Even if you aren't a new NY Mitsubishi car owner, knowing when to perform an oil change can be confusing. Your uncle says 5,000 miles while the dealership says every three months. So, which is right?

Thing is, every car is different and it really just depends on your car's, year, make, model, and manufacturer. Depending on your car, the more miles you travel between oil changes can help lower the overall cost of your car's maintenance. Or, a less frequent oil change could lead to car problems that can result in expensive repairs.

Before you change the oil yourself or head over to a garage, check your manufacturer's recommendation for the car. Manufacturer's recommendations can go anywhere from 2,000 miles to 5,000 miles. They have done extensive tests on your car's specific make and model to determine exactly what oil change intervals are best for it. This information should be available in your owner's manual. If not, a quick search on the automaker's website should provide the answer. Just in case you're curious, rule of thumb for oil changes is every 3,000 miles. Mechanics, dealers, and quick-change oil stations suggest this number as it reflects when the average American car, having driven in extreme conditions, would need to have its oil changed. Its also a very safe number.

If none of these suggestions suit your fancy, there is another alternative. For around $25 you should be able to get your car's oil tested at an independent vehicle lab. The professionals there will analyze the oil and will tell you how much life your oil has left. They should also be able to tell you if you have any other engine problems. You can use this analysis as a guideline for future oil change intervals. Whatever you decide, make sure you never miss an oil change. For more information on oil changes, feel free to contact our Medford Mitsubishi dealer.

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