The 3,000-mile rule is the golden rule that many car owners still abide by. Is it true that your car requires an oil change every 3,000 miles? How often do you actually need a Toyota oil change near Sartell, MN?
The Truth About Oil Change Intervals
The 3,000-mile rule was true – two decades ago. Older cars indeed required an oil change roughly every 3,000 miles. However, automotive technology has since improved by leaps and bounds. Most modern Toyota cars can go between 5,000 and 7,500-miles before it’s time for a motor oil change. Therefore, the 3,000-mile rule is outdated if you’re driving a vehicle manufactured within the last decade.
How Often You Really Need to Change the Oil
Even though most modern vehicles can go up to 7,500-miles between oil changes, other variables are at play. What are your daily driving conditions like? Some factors may necessitate more frequent oil changes, such as:
- Frequent off-roading, unless you’re driving a car made for off-road commuting, such as the Toyota 4Runner.
- Frequent stop-and-go traffic
- Frequently driving on city streets for short distances, usually under 10 miles. This does not allow the engine to sufficiently warm, causing excess combustion byproducts that get into the oil.
How to Preserve Motor Oil
If you often commute for short distances, drive on the freeway for about 20 miles every two weeks. In addition, bring your car to our dealership. A technician can examine the condition of the oil and determine whether the car requires an oil change irrespective of the mileage.
Bring your car to St Cloud Toyota for an inspection. This includes an oil change if needed and other basic maintenance like a filter change, lube, transmission flush, electrical flush, etc.