Mechanics will tell you when you have your oil changed that they’ll see you in three months. But we want to crack the myth of an oil change every three months and tell you why this isn’t a good idea.
The 3,000 Mile Myth
For decades people have assumed that they need to change their oil every 3,000 miles.
It’s true. There was a time when it was important to change your oil every 3,000 miles, but those days are long over. Both the technology of our engines and the oil chemistry has improved significantly in the past several years and you can now go at least 5,000 before having to change your oil.
What Happens if I Don’t Change my Oil?
There are a lot of things that can go wrong if you don’t change your oil. One of the most common issues that can occur if you don’t regularly have your oil changed is that the engine may overheat, and this puts a lot of additional wear and tear on the engine. If you go long enough without an oil change, eventually your engine will completely shut down and you will have to get it replaced.
Don’t Just “Pick a Number”
Just like with any other piece of equipment or technology, each car is designed with its own set of variables and custom machinery. This being the case, it’s important not to just “pick a number” and decide how long you’re going to go before having the oil changed. Instead, look to your personalized owner’s manual and follow the guidelines it puts out for your particular vehicle. If you have a Mercedes, for instance, you’ll want to find out how often to get the oil changed for your particular model. You can avoid a lot of expensive repairs and money down the drain from useless oil changes by just simply sticking to the rules. Who knew?
If the idea of having your engine fail when you need it the most seems frightening, getting an oil change when an oil change is recommended is the best thing you can do not only for your vehicle, but also for your own peace of mind. If you don’t have an owner’s manual, consult your mechanic or a dealership to see if you can get your hands on one.