On average, you will want to get vehicle service, including an oil change, no later than 30,000 miles to be on the safe side. Several factors impact when your oil should be changed, including:
Oil Quality: Much like everything else in the automotive world, something of poor quality won’t last as long as a quality product. Low quality oil won’t last as long as high quality oil and it can also cause damage to your engine.
Driving Habits: If you push your vehicle too hard, drive it on steep inclines frequently, or consistently drive on rough surfaces, your efficiency will drop and your oil will need to be changed more frequently.
Engine Condition: Some companies and fleet managers will use special equipment to monitor engine health and age. They will use this information to gauge oil change frequency, rather than basing it on mileage. Generally, testing the engine to determine oil changes is for heavy-duty, long-haul vehicles.
Driving Conditions: Driving through severe heat or severe cold for hundreds of miles impacts your oil. It will lose its thickness in heat, and becomes thicker in cold weather. These both have adverse effects on your engine, and could therefore force oil change sooner than planned.
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