Your car's oil is responsible for lubricating, cooling, and protecting your engine. If the oil isn't changed often enough, it can fail to do these jobs properly. The question isn't if you need an oil change, it's when to have your car oil changed.

As a general rule, most vehicles can go as far as 7,500 miles or six months between oil changes. Notably, the 3,000-mile rule is no longer relevant. Engine and oil technology has progressed to allow engines to continue functioning at peak performance for up to 15,000 miles in some high-end luxury vehicles. However, don't let your car go that many miles without an oil change unless you're absolutely sure that it's designed to do so!

The best way to see when your specific Ford vehicle needs an oil change is to consult the owner's manual. Most Ford manuals include a chart that lays out major maintenance milestones. Not all vehicles need an oil change at the same time, though. Trucks like the Ford F-350 will require oil changes at different intervals than a Ford Focus.

It's a good idea to check your car's engine oil every month. This can be as easy as pulling out the dipstick, wiping it clean, reinserting it, and pulling it out again. If the engine oil is low, add more and make an appointment to get an oil change.

Failing to get your car's oil changed often enough can result in damage to the engine block. That damage could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to fix, making a simple engine oil change look cheap.

If you aren't sure about the best timetable for changing your car's oil, head to a certified Ford dealership like Midwest Ford. Our expert technicians can explain how often your engine needs an oil change and how much it will cost.


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