Why You Don’t Need An Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles

If you own a car, you've probably been told by someone -- a friend, relative or even an automotive technician -- that you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. That's actually no longer true with most cars, for a number of reasons.

Most newer automobiles only need an oil change about every 5,000 miles or so, and many can go as long as 7,500 miles between changes. This is largely due to improvements in engines and the use of synthetic oil, which is more durable.

Changing your oil too often not only costs you extra, it's bad for the environment because all that oil has to be disposed off. Check your owner's manual to know exactly when you need an oil change. Most newer vehicles also have a sensor that alerts you when it's time for a change.

When it's time for an oil change, bring your vehicle in to Lithia Nissan of Ames in Ames, IA.

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