When should you change your engine oil and filter?
“Some high-performance models need to have their oil and filter changed every 6000 miles or six months”
This is one of the most debated subjects among DIY mechanics. Every engine is different and requires a specific grade of oil - always consult your car’s handbook or refer to Haynes for the correct type. Some high-performance models need to have their oil and filter changed every 6000 miles or six months (whichever comes sooner).
Other cars with long-life oil can go as far as 24,000 miles (or more). However, here at Haynes we recommend you change oil and filter once a year, or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first, depending on your handbook’s advice.
Never be tempted to skip a filter change when you change the oil - the old filter will contaminate the new oil.
All cars are slightly different, so if it is time to change your oil and filter, find your car for specific instructions.