I Don't Drive My Car A Lot - Can I Change My Oil Based on Mileage Rather Than Time?

If you are someone who has a car but works from home, is a caretaker, or takes public transit to work rather than commuting every day, you may ask yourself about your oil change intervals. When you get your regular oil change, your next oil change is based on two types of intervals - mileage and time. Depending on your vehicle and the type of oil you get, this time and mileage could be 3 months or 3,000 miles, 6 months or 6,000 miles, or even longer. So if you don't drive your vehicle often, you may find that you don't nearly reach 3,000 miles after 3 months. Can you wait on your oil change until you've hit the mileage interval?

The answer to this is - it isn't recommended. Here's why: the mileage and time intervals are both important. That is why you should always have an oil change completed based on whichever comes first. If you don't drive often and you don't find yourself reaching the mileage interval after the time interval, it is still important to have your vehicle's oil changed at that time. 

Engine oil typically breaks down and becomes contaminated over a certain amount of time or driving, hence why both the time and mileage interval are important. If you don't change your oil based on the time interval if you happen to reach that first, your oil can still be very worn down and dirty. This can prevent the proper engine lubrication from occuring and can lead to engine damage which can be costly to repair. 

At the end of the day - we recommend that you have your oil changed as soon as you reach either the time or mileage interval recommended by your manufacturer. This will ensure that you don't run into an engine problems because of oil issues and wil save you lots of money on repairs down the road. If you do find yourself due for an oil change, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the experts here at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive today!