Things That Affect How Often You Should Get Your Oil Changed

There are several factors to take into account when it comes to how often you should have your oil changed. Generally, and this is a good rule of thumb, you should have your automobile’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. It’s better to change the oil before it’s necessary than to wait until it’s too late, so 3,000 miles between oil changes ensures you always have fresh and viscous motor oil protecting your engine. J&M Transmission & Auto Service in Tea share other factors below.

Manufacturer’s Recommendation

Have your oil changed per the manufacturer’s recommendation for your vehicle’s make, model, and year. These recommendations are based on the best oil type for your automobile, as well as the engineering behind the engine itself, how it’s manufactured, and how it runs.

Oil Type

Oil type also affects how often you should have your vehicle’s oil changed. Conventional motor oil should be changed every 3,000 miles; synthetic motor oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Synthetic is the new darling of motor oil, but whether your vehicle needs it can be debated.

Driving Habits

If you are hard on your vehicle, you should have your oil changed more frequently. Speeding starts and acceleration and fast driving forces your engine to work harder than it needs to, and you need to ensure you’ve got fresh motor oil in it to protect it against how hard you drive it. 

Driving Conditions

Your daily commute can also affect your oil change duration. If you get stuck in stop-and-go traffic twice a day every workday, your engine needs fresh oil to help protect it against your commute’s wear and tear. Sitting in traffic or driving mountainous or rough roads is hard on the engine.

Vehicle’s Age and Mileage

Older automobile and those with high mileage benefit from more frequent oil changes. The older the automobile the more worn the parts, and worn parts need added protection against heat and friction. So do high-mileage vehicles that do or have done a lot of daily driving.


Finally, we don’t have that much of a problem in Tea, SD, but if you live in an area with extreme temperatures in the summer and winter, you might need to have your oil changed more often. You may also need to use synthetic motor oil for better protection.

Stop by J&M Transmission & Auto Service in Tea, SD to discuss a customized oil-change schedule for your automobile. We’ll take into account all of the above factors to make sure your vehicle’s oil gets changed exactly when it should.

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