The service technician at the corner auto shop says to change your oil every 3,000 miles, but your owners manual says 7,500. Who should you trust in this situation? For a while, everyone recommended 3,000-mile oil service from technicians.

Automakers have tested these recommendations and they report their overall findings in your owners manual with regard to oil changes. Unless the driver is going off-road or taking routine trips less than 10 miles, they don’t need that 3-month service oil change. Today’s car engines are designed to operate much better than decades ago, so usually, 7,500 is the average for an oil change. Some automakers even claim with synthetic oil, drivers can go as long as 15,000 miles before a service oil change.

For total peace of mind, special lab companies will test your oil quality for around $25. They send out a special kit and the driver provides a small oil sample for analysis. The lab analyzes it for deposits and sediments, which indicate the oil readiness for a service lube. Automakers created monitors and sensors on vehicles which indicate oil readiness for an oil change with certain models.

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