Changing your vehicle’s oil is one of the most important things you can do to avoid costly repairs later on.
An oil and filter change involves draining out the old motor oil and replacing it with fresh, new motor oil. The oil filter also gets replaced at the same time.
Owner’s manual recommendations for oil and filter changes vary from 3,000 to 10,000 miles. We recommend that you change your oil and filter every 5,000 miles. That’s our best estimate. It may be too soon for many people and too late for a few, but for the vast majority, 5,000-mile oil changes combined with routine maintenance will help your engine survive for a long time.
Not changing your oil could result in your engine not lasting as long as it could. Oil serves many crucial functions, and clean oil performs those functions better than dirty oil. Oil is relatively cheap, and changing your oil every 5,000 miles is a very cheap insurance policy against major repairs down the road.