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Jan 1, 2015, 11:13 PM

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Google seems to say every 6,000 miles on a daily driven car while the guy at O'Reillys said once a year. I just want more opinions on how often i should change my oil filter, Thank you!

(This post was edited by akrause1795 on Jan 1, 2015, 11:14 PM)

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Jan 2, 2015, 12:27 AM

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Can't really say without knowing the make and model of the vehicle. The guy at O'Reilly's is nuts if you ask me especially on a daily driver. It also depends on the type of filter. They have filters out there now that say they're good for 15,000 miles. I think I heard that BMW recommends every 15,000 miles while other manufacturers recommend somewhere around 3,000-5,000. Seems like every 3000 miles used to be the norm. With all of the synthetic oils nowadays you can go longer. A lot depends on driving conditions too. If you live in a dusty or sandy area you might not want to go as long. I buy Mobile One Extended. They say it's good for 15,000 miles. I also get the filter that is suppose to be good for 15,000 miles. I personally don't trust going that long though. I still change mine every 3,000-5,000 miles even while using the stuff that's suppose to be good for 15K. Might be overkill but I like taking good care of my vehicles. I figure it probably only costs me an extra $60 a year. That's a lot cheaper than engine work down the road.
Do you not change your filter every time you change your oil?
Others will chime in. Get ready for a book by Tom! Tongue This is the type of question he loves to answer.

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Jan 2, 2015, 2:35 AM

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OK - Shorter "Book" by me on this unknown vehicle. I don't know of a vehicle that doesn't suggest service intervals in its owner's manual and what grade of oil for example. Go by the suggestions by time and miles. Can't think of good reason not to change oil filter with oil changes and I don't believe in the claims of 15,000 mile oils either. Synthetics do, better for assorted reasons but use what rated oil it calls for exactly and do change it,


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Jan 2, 2015, 5:39 AM

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This is a subject of long debate. Mechanic have long disagreed with manufacturers that have continued to extend maintenance intervals for the purpose of promoting their vehicles as having lower maintenance costs. After all, once the warranty is over they are no longer responsible. They have no incentive for this vehicle to go 300K as a well maintained vehicle can do these days.

My opinion is no more that 5K or 6 months on conventional oils and no more that 8K or 8 months on full synthetics. The filter should always be changed along with the oil.


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