So this is the most basic question for the entire auto repair industry because it defines the life of the vehicle for gas and diesel vehicles (not electric.) The simple answer is: follow the owners manual. Some vehicles call for an oil change every 3000 miles, some 5000 and some higher (bad call.)
Why these numbers? Back in the day there was only one type of oil and it was dirty...not well refined, but now we have more highly refined oils that are cleaner and can last longer. Engines have advanced and so has oil. So we recommend changing your oil every 5000 miles for a couple of reasons:
1. For most people an oil change every 5000 miles = twice a year. Easy to remember.
2. Your tires should be rotated every 5000 miles so, it's a 2fer. Do both at one time, keeping your in shop time most efficient.
3. Seasonal change. From hot weather to cold weather your car goes through changes and need different treatments. So perhaps Spring and Fall or Winter and Summer.... kind of like when you bring out your summer clothes and put away winter clothes....get a car check up.
4. The majority of car manufacturers recommend every 5000 miles.
So fine print, blah blah, blah....folks can argue with the above or nitpick...but at Cutshaw Automotive, we are about helping our customers decide how often to get their oil changed in a way that is convenient for them. Twice a year, summer and winter, spring and fall, Halloween and Easter....however you can remember it (and we'll remind you .)
Visit us at 3105 Cutshaw Ave. Richmond, Va. 23230,
Call us 804.355.666 or click below to schedule your oil change and tire rotation appointment .