How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

Posted June 12, 2020

There is a lot of conflicting information out there on the number of miles your car can run before you need an oil change. It used to be recommended to change your oil every 3,000 miles. In Los Angeles, the average driver can add a little over 1,000 miles per month to their car, so on average you would reach 3,000 miles every 3 months. That meant changing your oil four times a year.

Nowadays, regular oil has been replaced with synthetic, and most car manufacturers have added better technology to their oil monitoring systems. 3,000 miles is an outdated recommendation, and the state of California advises against changing your oil so often, since it’s wasteful and could negatively impact the environment.

Most drivers will tend to abide by the recommendations in their vehicle’s owner’s manual, but some people want to go longer between oil changes. Some recommend changing your synthetic oil every 15,000 miles.

Here at South Bay Car Care, though, we use AMSOIL synthetic oil, which has a greater rate of protection and cleanliness for your engine. The longest AMSOIL synthetic engine oil can last before your car will need an oil change is up to 25,000 miles. A good rule of thumb is once a year, and if your car is in need of an oil change, come to South Bay Car Care, an AMSOIL authorized dealer.

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