Eyewitness News looks into the best time to get your oil changed depending on the make and model of your car.
There was a time when three months or 3,000 miles was sound advice, but times have changed.
"With the improvements made to engine oil as well as cars, you need to depend on your owner's manual for the best recommendation of how frequently your car may need an oil change," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.
Vehicles that use conventional motor oil should have their oil changed between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Those who use synthetic motor oil can go up to 7,000 miles.
Where and how you drive your vehicle can also play a role. If you're in extreme climates or in stop and go traffic frequently, you may want to increase your oil changes to help out the engine.
Regular oil changes are a critical in ensuring your car's engine runs properly and will have a long life.
If you ignore this maintenance item, damage can occur.
"If you skip a lawn treatment you can always catch up and recover your lawn, but your engine will wear and you won't get that back," said Jim Trump, who is an auto shop owner.
Annie Adams told Eyewitness News she has the oil changed in her car every 3,000 miles.
"My car is a fairly new car, so it has a computer that tells me that it's time for the oil to be changed," Adams said. "It's pretty simple."
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