Chances Are Your Vehicle Does Not Need an Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles

You want to keep your vehicle running as long as possible, right? Then maintenance is key. But there is no need to maintain your vehicle too much, and that’s exactly what a 3,000-mile oil change does in many cases. So, when should you change you oil and why do you need to change it?

We examine that and more below.

The 3,000-Mile Rule Is Out

Years ago, automakers recommended changing your car’s oil every 3,000 miles. But with today’s advancement in engineering and new oil technology, there is no reason to automatically assume your car’s oil needs changed every three months or 3,000 miles. Instead, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see what the official oil change intervals are. It may be surprising to learn they are 5,000 or even 10,000 miles.

Why Bother Changing Oil?

The engine oil not only lubricates all the moving parts, but it also plays a role in cleaning the engine’s internals and keeping things cool. As the oil ages, it loses its ability to perform. Replacing the oil restores these properties.


Oil has a very dirty job. It travels into the depth of you vehicle’s engine and keep things lubricated and pull out contaminants, like unburned fuel and metal shavings in the process. These contaminants eventually reduce the oil’s ability to lubricate and clean the engine, and if left unchanged, can cause long-term damage. Changing the oil regularly helps prevent these issues.


Viscosity is the thick and somewhat sticky consistency new oil has. Over time, this viscosity breaks down, leaving the oil watery and incapable of effectively handling its job. If the oil is left in this condition, it can cause damage to the engine over time.

Detergent Break Down

Oil cleans too, and it uses various types of detergents to do so. It removes most of the gunk and other nastiness caused by internal combustion. With time, these detergents lose their effectiveness and the only way to restore the oil’s cleaning ability is to perform an oil change.

Is it time for your car’s oil change? Stop by our service department serving Linwood, Michigan today here at Garber Chevrolet Linwood to check out our oil change specials. And no, you do not have to own a Chevrolet vehicle for us to provide you with our top-notch service.

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