Post # 1
I know that everyone says you’re supposed to get an oil change every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, but what if you don’t drive very much? My car hasn’t had an oil change in 4 months now, but I’ve only put 1,500 miles on it since the last change. Am I still supposed to change the oil every 3 months, or should I wait until it has 3,000 miles on it (which could take a while)?
Post # 3
My FI is a grease monkey and an engineer. He believes that we do no need to follow the 3k mi oil change. If there a oil gauge (I have an 2008 Civic that has a gauge), you should check to see how much percentage of oil you actually burned. You should also check the dipstick, too, to see how much oil you’ve burned. I would wait until 3k mi. BUT if you’re feeling anxious, I would just change the oil for peace of mind.
I hope this helps!
Post # 4
My husband is also an engineer and a car geek and we change maybe every 5k or 7k not 3k like the oil recommends.
Post # 5
I know that Jiffy Lube has the option of not following 3k anymore unless you are in constant stop and go traffic.
Post # 6
Read your car’s manual, it should give you the recommended mileage somewhere in there. Mine recommends an oil change every 5000 miles, so I go with that and ignore the 3 month thing.
Post # 7
I say wait until 3K miles. I drive alot, b/c of work and i wait until its atleast 2k over that recommened 3k mark =(… but then again my car is a POS…<- could be why. lol
Post # 8
i think its supposed to be a “whichever one comes first” type thing. i hardley ever drive my car, like maybe 6,000-8,000 miles a year and i always let it go way beyond 3 months.
i also get synthetic oil in my car though, so i technically can go 5k miles. i usually only change it when my dad, my brother or my FI pesters me to the point that i cant take it anymore. there are so many better things to spend $75 on!
Post # 9
I use synthetic oil and have it changed every 4-5K miles. I’ve had it changed at 3K and the guy said it was crystal clear and didn’t really need it that often.
Post # 10
We change both our cars at 5k miles too.
Post # 11
It’s whichever comes first. Checking your oil is really easy too. All you need is a paper towel to wipe the dipstick on.
Post # 12
Yeap, agreed. It’s which ever comes first. And if you’re not sure you should check your oil level on your dipstick. Make sure to take it out, wipe it, put it back in, take it out and check it. Also, usually the color should be golden or close to the color it went in as, not black… that would be bad.
Post # 13
@misspeanut: Ooh, I’m going to check mine.
The 3k/3 months thing has been around foreverrrrr because you used to HAVE to change it then. Oils now are made much better, and it’s unnecessary to change them so often.
Post # 14
Your car’s owner manual will specify what you should do for your car.
Post # 15
@Bichon Frise: I would go w/ the 3k rule. I’m the same as you. Sometimes I don’t drive a whole lot, so it may take longer to get to 3k. As long as you are regularly checking your oil and make sure it’s at a good level, you are good to go!
Post # 16
I only change mine every 5,000-6,000 miles. Most cars do not need the oil changed so often, as in the past.