Q: Recommendation on oil changing intervals

asked by on

I have a 2006 F150 driving only 3,000 miles a year. I use full synthetic and extended life filter. Can I go 15,000 miles or 5 years beteween oil changes or should I change it more often? Would any problems occur with a longer changing interval?

No, you sill have to change it once a year. That’s the problem with the engine oil. If you don’t use it much, then water builds up in it since, as you burn gasoline (which is nothing but hydrogen and carbon), one of the byproducts is water vapor. So the oil will get too much water in it and degrade, and the additive will start coming apart. So you really just need to change it once a year. If you only drive it 3,000 miles a year, you are throwing your money away on full synthetic oil. Just use regular oil and change it once a year. That’s what I would do if I were you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Recommendation on oil changing intervals

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: In 2nd gear, car feels like it might independently shift

Hi there, thanks for writing about your 2011 Audi S5. Your vehicle's transmission has 2 clutches that alternately engage and disengage, under computer software control, as the vehicle accelerates and decelerates. The software compensates for wear in most cases, but...

Q: How Do Oil Filters Get Dirty?

Oil filters have a very important, yet really dirty job to perform. I don’t think even Mike Rowe would want to tackle the dirty job of an oil filter. Before we talk about the oil filter, let’s talk about the...

Q: Car is rattling and leaking oil 1996 Toyota Camry

Hi - most often, oil leaks come from the valve cover gasket. Oil leaks should always be taken seriously, since low oil levels can cause serious engine damage. A rattling noise is often an engine heat shield or other metal...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.