How many miles can a car go without an oil change?

I haven't gotten an oil change in a while and I'm supposed to leave for a trip tomorrow. Do I need to get an oil change before I leave?

The answer to this question will depend on how far you’re planning to drive and how far you’ve already driven since your last oil change. But in general, cars can usually go 5,000 to 7,000 miles before they need an oil change.
Oil changes should be a regular part of your maintenance schedule, as you can damage your car by driving on low oil. If your car uses synthetic oil, you may be able to drive 10,000 to 15,000 miles before you need an oil change, though.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Dec 13, 2021

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