“How often should I have my oil changed?” It’s a question that the team here at Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas City hears from drivers all across Iosco County and beyond, and we’re always happy to provide oil change advice. Of course, it didn’t used to be such a concern. People were told that they needed to change their car’s engine oil every three months or 3,000 miles, depending on which came first — but things are no longer quite so clear-cut.

The Changing Times of Changing Oil

Back when the three-month/3,000-miles rule still held true, vehicles were not nearly as efficient or sophisticated as they are today, and neither were the oils that were used to lubricate their engines.

With all the advances in automotive engineering and an increased reliance on full synthetic oil or synthetic blends, it takes a lot longer for viscosity to break down and oil to get dirty.

When Should You Change Your Oil?

So, when should you change your oil? At present, Ford, as well as several other well-known manufacturers, recommend that you do so every 10,000 miles, but it can also vary by model, age of the vehicle, and use.

This is why new Ford vehicles include an oil life monitor, which will automatically sense when you need an oil change. If you have an older model that doesn’t include a monitor, just consult your owner's manual or maintenance schedule.

Some Other Factors

Recommendations are based around average driving, so there are several habits that should prompt you to conduct oil changes more regularly, including:

  • Towing Heavy Loads
  • Extensive Stop-Start Driving
  • Excessive Idling
  • Driving in Extreme Cold or Heat
  • Frequent Off-Road Driving
  • Driving Short Distance Below Highway Speeds

Find Out More by Contacting the Service Team Here at Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas

If you still have any concerns over oil-change intervals, all you need to do is contact Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas. We’ll always be happy to listen to what you have to say and provide some friendly and impartial advice. When you do need your oil changed, just trust our service department to get the job done quickly – we’ve even created a Quick Lane to help get through routine work in a jiffy.

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