This depends on the type of engine oil that your vehicle uses. If your engine uses conventional or synthetic blend oil then it is recommended that you change your oil every 3,000 miles. If your vehicle uses full synthetic oil then you should have your oil changed every 5,000 miles. We know that many manufacturers are pushing oil change intervals to greater lengths. Some are pushing them to as long as 10,000 miles.
The issue with delaying your oil change is that your engine oil starts to break down. Fuel and combustion gases build up in your oil, then your oil gets thin. This means that your engine oil is no longer protecting your engine as it should.
Many vehicles will consume a small amount of oil while driving. Most manufacturers state that your engine may consume up to 1 quart of oil per 1,000 miles driven. By extending your oil change you may run the risk of damaging your engine if it were to run out of oil.
Checking your engine oil on a regular basis is a good habit to have. If you are unsure of how to check your oil please stop by whenever we are open and we would be happy to check your oil for you and to show you how to do it as well. Give us a call and let us take care of you.