When asked, you may hear answers such as every 3000, 5000 or 7500 km, or when the vehicle’s oil monitor indicates that this service is necessary. It is no wonder consumers are confused. The simplest answer… well, there is no simple answer! In fact, there is no interval that applies to most vehicles.
The engine serves as the heart of your vehicle, so changing its oil based on the manufacturer’s recommendation is perhaps the single most important thing that you can do to keep your vehicle’s engine running longer. However, you must read these recommendations closely to determine the correct interval; the interval that matches your vehicle’s operating conditions and your driving habits.
The Normal interval listed in the owner’s manual applies to vehicles driven under ideal conditions. While you may consider your driving habits and operating conditions quite normal, read the fine print. Some exceptions to Normal driving include:
- Frequent short trips (less than 10 miles, especially during cold weather)
- Stop-and-go city traffic driving
- Driving in dusty conditions, on gravel roads, etc.
- Driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather
- Towing use
- Diesel or turbocharged engine
These conditions commonly appear in the description of severe service driving.
Proper Maintenance Helps Extend Vehicle Life!
Your driving type or vehicle usage may affect the maintenance intervals below.
You should follow the manufacturer’s service schedule that best matches your vehicle’s operating conditions.
Those recommendations may include:
- Change your engine oil at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service interval that matches your vehicle’s operating conditions and your driving habits
- Check your tire inflation pressure monthly
- Rotate your tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service interval or every 6 months/10,000 km
- Change the engine air filter annually or when visibly restricted
- Inspect Brake System every 12 months/30,000 km