How often should you change your oil?

For decades dads have been telling their sons to change the oil in their car every 3,000 miles. And this standard has persisted throughout the auto industry despite technical advances in engine technology and oil chemistry.

Today's off-the-shelf oil brands have greatly improved overall viscosity, oxidation resistance, and self-cleaning agents on the molecular level. And standards have changed to accommodate for this (outside of service stations). If you check your car's user manual, you'll probably find you've been changing your oil more often than you need to, at least according to the people who designed your car. Depending on the make model, and year of your car, the manual may advise an oil change every 5,000 or 7,500 miles. Some people even go 10,000 miles or more without any guilt -- or damage to the engine.

For most Ford vehicles made after 2008, every 7,500 miles or every six months, whichever comes first is the standard. If your driving conditions. If you often drive off-road, in dusty areas, idle extensively, tow heavy loads, or travel at slower speeds frequently your mileage may vary. Ford suggestion for those vehicles is every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first (assuming your car was made after 2008).

The best advice, then? Ignore the oil industry and go by your car's user manual. You'll save some money -- and possibly keep the world a little greener in the process.

To schedule your next oil change, you can call Barton Ford today!

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