How often should I change my oil?

Many people ask themselves this question when it comes to taking care of their car. Should I change my oil every 3,000? 5,000? 7,500? 10,000? 15,000? miles?

If you read the fine print of your vehicle’s manufacturers recommendation you’ll find that it probably says 7,500 miles. This is for passenger car and like truck gasoline engines driven under “ideal circumstances.” –when are circumstances every ideal?

What most drivers think is “ideal driving” is actually “severe driving.” Severe driving includes: frequent short (10 miles or less) trips, stop and go traffic, dusty conditions (dirt roads, grave, etc), and extreme weather. For this “severe driving” (which is the way an average American operates their vehicle) the usual recommendation is every 3,000 miles (or six months).

So there is your answer: 3,000. And even most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles (or three to six months), for maximum protection, regardless of what type of driving you do.

At Gibson Auto Service, on Foster Street  in Dothan (Alabama), we can service your vehicle for its much needed oil change. It will only cost $30, which includes the filter, labor, and 5 quarts of oil.

P.S. If the oil isn’t changed often enough, you can end up with accelerated wear and all the engine problems that come with it (loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption).