Should I get my oil changed before a road trip?

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asked Feb 14 in Repairs/Maintenance by Marijke (580 points)
Should I get my oil changed before a road trip?

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answered 5 days ago by greenyglute (1,430 points)
If it's been 2,000 miles or 3,000 miles since your last oil change then you should change the engine oil before the road trip.

However you can also have the oil changed on the road trip when you rack up the miles for the oil change as there should be plenty of oil change places alongside the road in towns and cities that you travel through.

Or if you can do so take some oil, oil filter, oil drain pan and wrenches and oil filter wrench with you on the road trip and change the oil in a parking lot or rest area.

I've been on long road trips and changed my own oil while at a rest stop or even in a Walmart or other store parking lot and it's never been a problem.

Just pour the oil oil into your oil jug after you empty the new oil into the engine.

How long you can drive until you need an oil change is between 3,000 miles to 5,000 miles and in some cases as long as 10,000 miles before you need an oil change.

Most vehicles need an oil change every 3,000 miles to 5,000 miles especially if you're using regular oil but if you're using synthetic oil then you can usually drive 10,000 miles before you need an oil change.

The oil filter also needs changed every time you change the oil.

An oil change is usually needed every 3,000 miles to 5,000 miles.

However for some vehicles you can drive as far as 10,000 miles without getting an oil change.

If your using synthetic oil then you can usually drive 10,000 miles before needing an oil change but it's still best to change your oil before 10,000 miles to protect your engine.

As the longer you drive without an oil change the more dirty your oil becomes which then leads to poor lubrication of your engines bearings and other parts and also sludge can buildup in your engine.

If your engine oil light comes on then you can still drive for another few hundred miles or so but you still need to get the oil changed as soon as possible after the engine oil light comes on telling you to change the oil.

If you need an oil change in your vehicle and you keep driving without changing the oil then eventually the engine will not be able to lubricate properly and then the engine will stop running eventually as the bearings seize up.

When your oil change light comes on or it's been longer than 3,000 to 5,000 miles since your last oil change then you should change the oil.

Failing to change the oil when needed can result in a damaged engine because your bearings wear out faster.

Spending the money to get your oil changed often enough will save you thousands in repair bills or needing to buy a new engine, new vehicle etc.

I change my engine oil myself and change the oil every 3,000 miles and the oil filter gets changed as well.

You should always change the oil filter along with the oil as the oil filter gets clogged and dirty as well.

Oil and oil filters cost around $25.00 to $35.00 or so depending on the brand of oil you buy and oil filter.

It takes me less than an hour to change my own oil.

However even paying a shop to change your oil is well worth it to save your engine from costly repairs or breakdowns.

The oil is the blood to your engine so makes sure to change it often to extend the life of your engine.

Also engine sludge builds up in your engine too when your oil is not changed often enough and that engine sludge then prevents the oil from flowing through your engine as it should so the engines moving parts do not get lubricated properly.

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