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When Should Oil Filters Be Replaced?

To answer the question of when to change oil filters, it depends on who you ask. Car manufacturers suggest to have your oil filters replaced the same time you have your oil changed, which may occur every 3,000 miles or every three months. On the other hand, the type of car you have as well as typical weather conditions may determine how frequently your oil filter should be replaced. Before taking your car to the local mechanic, consider the following factors before having your car serviced.

Owner’s Manual

Not all cars need a new filter after 3,000 miles since every vehicle is different and the average mile mark tends to vary. To be absolutely sure, refer to your owner’s manual for the proper length of time before getting a new filter.

If you’re still unsure about whether you need to change your filter sooner, consult a trustworthy local mechanic. A mechanic can inspect your vehicle and share his or her expertise. From there, the mechanic may recommend a service, but you shouldn’t feel obligated to get it done that day. Instead, try to schedule a later date for when you can drop off the vehicle. This will help you prepare for any expense and give you the chance for a second opinion.

Service Lights

If your service light appears, this could indicate it’s time for a new oil filter. Even though the service light may appear for a variety of reasons, it’s best to tackle the smaller possibilities first. This keeps you from spending a lot of money on a potentially unnecessary repair. The service light only indicates that there’s something interfering with the engine system, occasionally caused by circulating debris.

The oil filter is a key component for maintaining your engine system. The filter removes grit and grime from oil and prevents contaminants from entering the engine. This allows the oil to circulate and continue to lubricate its parts. Oil filters are often inexpensive and recommended after every oil change.

Local Weather

Weather conditions also play a huge part in your vehicle’s operation. If you normally drive in severe weather conditions or in extreme temperatures, your vehicle may need to be serviced more frequently. Also, if your vehicle is often stuck in stop-and-go traffic and frequently towing heavy loads, you may need to replace your oil filter more often. Overall, conditions that cause your engine’s system to work harder requires more maintenance, including frequent oil changes and new oil filters.

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