How long does engine oil last in my car?

I bought my first car about five months ago and I don’t know much about what it takes to maintain it. I know I need to change my engine oil on a regular basis, but I don’t know how often I need to change it. Do you know how long engine oil lasts in a car?

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Answer provided by
Katherine Duffy
Answered on Apr 21, 2022
Congratulations on your new car! We understand how difficult it can be to navigate car maintenance.
While this depends on how often you drive, you should change your engine oil every 5000-7,500 miles driven, or every 4-6 months.
If you drive your car often and your commute time is more than 30 minutes per day, we recommend changing your engine oil based on mileage. For every new 5,000 miles driven, you should consider changing your oil.
If you use your car less frequently, you should adopt a time-based schedule instead of a mileage-based schedule for oil changes. Changing your oil every 4-6 months ensures you always have fresh, efficient oil in your engine.
This also keeps you on a regular maintenance schedule and allows your mechanic to keep a pulse check on other important car components and fluid levels.
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