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How Often Should You Change Your Motor Oil?



We all know that it’s important to change our motor oil, but how often? We have all heard different numbers between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Our professional auto mechanics in West Hartford, CT will help you figure out when your vehicle needs to get its oil changed!


A good way to start would be to look at your owner’s manual, which will probably give you a number between 5,000 and 7,500 miles. Remember that these manufacturer recommendations are based on ideal driving conditions so keep your driving habits in mind. If you drive short distances and never over the speed limit then you can probably stretch it past 3,000 miles, but we don’t recommend it. Our experts advise that you’re better off using the “severe conditions” maintenance schedule, which will have you changing your oil roughly every 3,000 miles.


When you have found the carmaker’s recommended oil change mileage, there are a few issues that need to be reviewed to adjust that estimate. To go into more detail hard driving is a major wear and tear factor in determining the mileage amount for an oil change. If you are driving in extreme heat or cold, city traffic or towing a trailer you must change your oil more frequently.


If you’re not driving very much you’ll be able to get away with longer periods in between oil changes. This is a situation when you wouldn’t need to change your oil as regularly. But remember, it is good to change the motor oil in your car no matter what. Your motor oil is the blood of your vehicle, which keeps it healthy and functioning efficiently. We also recommend a high quality oil filter, as this is just as important as the quality of oil itself.


Though having to only change your oil every 7,500 miles is something we would all prefer, 3,000 to 5,000 miles are numbers more representative of actual driving conditions. By doing so you’ll save money in the long run and help to extend the life of your car.


We are offering oil change specials throughout this fall season! Contact the International Auto Service Center at (860) 953-1675 or visit us online at www.iascct.com to schedule an appointment. Our auto mechanics will perform an oil change, replace the filter and give you professional advice on how often your vehicle requires an oil change.

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