If you do not drive many miles how often should oil be changed?

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  • 1 month ago

    At least as often as you would do if it covers more miles, many handbooks will say change at x thousands of miles or 12 months if that comes sooner. Look it up. 

    As it happens we have one that covers a low mileage and according to the book it needs changing every year - I change it every 6 months regardless.  Fresh oil and filter is always a good investment. 

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  • 1 month ago

    I would change it every 5000 but if it's something you dont put 5000 miles on in a year I would just change it every year

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  • 1 month ago

    Regular oil every 3 months by the book. I've run regular oil for longer but wouldn't go more then 5 months. If you don't put a lot of miles on your vehicle you should be using synthetic oil. There is no time limit on synthetic oil. 

    • 99%Anonymous
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      1 month agoReport

      every 3 months or 3000 is pre war oils have changed

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Your owner's manual will tell you when to change.  Six months to a year is often the recommended time interval if mileage has not exceeded recommended mileage interval.

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  • 1 month ago

    Go by the miles, not the calendar. Your owner's manual tells how far to go between oil changes.

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  • 1 month ago

    If you use full synthetic, every 5000 miles or once a year.  

    • Country Boy
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      1 month agoReport

      Our Avalon uses full synthetic and the book says to change the oil and filter  every 12,000 miles OR once per year which ever coms first.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Look in your owner's manual.  My Miata for low mileage uses can go up to a year between changes on synthetic.

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  • Barry
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    1 month ago

    Annually in the UK. US drivers are conned into unnecessarily short durations.

    • Country Boy
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      1 month agoReport

      They are only "conned" if they don't read their manuals in the glove compartment or read, listen or watch too many advertisements.

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  • CB
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    1 month ago

    According to most manufacturers every 6 months or 7500 miles - the information will be in your owners manual and is specific to your automobile.

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