How often should I change my car’s oil?

Grandpa always told you to change your oil on a regular basis. But what does regular mean? How often you should perform this service depends on the vehicle type, oil type and driving conditions.

Oil change intervals for older vehicles

Cars built more than a decade ago typically use conventional engine oil instead of synthetic. The guideline has always been to change oil in these vehicles every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Some manufacturers might push things a little further, recommending a 5 month or 5,000-mile interval.

A more frequent interval should be followed for vehicles driven under one or more of the following:

    • Consistent short trips under 5 miles

    • Extreme temperatures or dusty climates

    • Excessive stop-and-go driving

    • Towing or hauling heavy loads

Oil change intervals for newer vehicles

Many modern vehicles – including Lincolns – recommend using synthetic engine oil. Typically, these vehicles are also equipped with an oil life monitoring system to tell you when an oil change is required. These systems used to be somewhat inaccurate, as they calculated oil life based on times and miles. Newer versions analyze engine operating conditions to determine when the oil begins to degrade. This makes them much more reliable and eliminates the “severe” service schedule. Now, the vehicle can detect driving conditions that may affect oil life.

But that doesn’t mean you should rely completely on the oil life monitoring system. The manufacturer's maintenance schedule should always be followed – regardless of what the vehicle is telling you. Many modern vehicles have oil change intervals of 7,500 or even 10,000 miles. This eliminates the old 3 months/3,000 miles standard, saving you both time and money. If you don’t have an owner’s manual handy, the South Bay Lincoln team is happy to look up your vehicle’s recommended oil change interval.

South Bay Lincoln service can also provide guidance and answer any oil change questions you may have.

Oil change services

Regular oil changes are a vital part of car care. During oil change services, old oil is drained from the engine and fresh oil is put back in. The oil filter is also replaced. This process has several benefits:

    • Lubrication

    • Cooling

    • Helps maintain a proper oil level

    • Improves gas mileage

    • Helps your vehicle last longer

Not performing regular oil changes can result in extensive engine damage and a repair bill. A low oil level, sludge build up, or engine oil that has broken down can lead to lack of engine lubrication. This causes friction between internal engine parts. Eventually, the parts overheat and fail, causing catastrophic engine failure. So, that’s why you should change your oil. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual is the golden rule for when you should change it.

Car maintenance at South Bay Lincoln

When it comes time to change the oil in your vehicle, look no further than South Bay Lincoln. Our friendly and knowledgeable service team offers a full range of car services. Stop by for your next oil change to experience the difference.

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