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How often should I change the oil in a car?

“Have your oil changed every 10,000 miles, 15,000 kilometers, or 12 months, whichever comes first. Such intervals should be reduced by half under severe driving conditions.”

You must have heard about the myth of the 4,500-kilometer (3,000-mile) oil change interval. Despite today’s remarkable advances in oil chemistry and engine technology, replacing oil every 4,500 kilometers (3,000 miles) is still considered necessary. In fact, most carmakers state in their service manuals the interval should be either 11,000 or 15,000 kilometers (7,500 or 10,000 miles). Then, why is such a myth still deemed applicable? Since customers are unfamiliar with the advances and progress occurring in the automotive industry, they continue to rely on this traditional rule. Instead, by choosing to follow the oil change interval recommended by most manufacturers, not only will you save time and money in maintenance costs, but you will also help protect the environment.

Maintenance under normal usage conditions

For gasoline engine [Except Europe (Including Russia)]

 

Interval

Number of months or driving distance, whichever comes first

Months

12

24

36

48

60

72

84

96

Items

Mils X 1,000

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

80

Km X 1,000

15

30

45

60

75

90

105

120

Engine oil and engine oil filter

Lambda II 3.3L GDI,Lambda II 3.5L MPI

Except Middle East, Iran, India, Morroco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libia, Egypt, Sudan, Central&South America, Brazil

Replace every 15,000km(10,000 miles)

or 12 months

For Middle east, Iran, India, Morroco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libia, Egypt, Sudan, Central&South America, Brazil

Replace every 10,000km(6,500 miles)

or 12 months

 

Maintenance under severe usage conditions

For gasoline engine [Except Europe (Including Russia)]

 

Maintenance Item

Maintenance Operation

Maintenance Intervals

Driving Condition

Engine oil and engine oil filter

Lambda II 3.3L GDI, Lambda II 3.5L MPI

Except Middle East, Iran, India, Morroco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libia, Egypt, Sudan, Central&South America, Brazil

R

Replace every 7,500 km (5,000 miles) or 6 months

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K

For Middle east, Iran, India, Morroco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libia, Egypt, Sudan, Central&South America, Brazil

R

Replace every 5,000 km (3,000 miles) or 6 months

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K

 

Severe Driving Conditions

A : Repeatedly driving short distance of less than 8km(5 miles) in normal temperature or less than 16km(10 miles) in freezing temperature.

B : Extensive engine idling or low speed driving for long distances.

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