Oil changes: How often do you need them? (Marketplace)

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  • Published on: 16 March 2018
  • How often should you change your engine oil? In a hidden camera investigation, we test what you're told at the dealership and then actually test your engine oil in a lab to see who's right.
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COMMENTS: 40

  • inTruthbyGrace
    inTruthbyGrace   4 hours ago

    too bad people are more concerned about what their automobile manufacturer's instructions say than their own Manufacturer's instructions!Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55)

  • Jags
    Jags   1 days ago

    U should be changing ur oil every 5k miles or 1 yr if u don't want ur engine dead

  • Tech2
    Tech2   1 days ago

    It depends on the country weather( hot- cold) and how long engine running in one trip

  • Siyamson Pathmanathan

    Why were no actual technicians who work on the cars consulted? They'd have definitive proof of the catastrophes of pro-longed oil change intervals...even that oil analysis of a jeep with 8 months / 1000km representative mentions an estimate of 3-4k kms which would come to the 5-8k oil change interval recommended by dealers. You aren't obligated to take it to them for service, but following at the minimum what they suggest will pro-long the life of the motor. Especially on more advanced turbo motors.

  • NomiyaNadeshiko
    NomiyaNadeshiko   2 days ago

    1. Read the owners manual - Seriously, does nobody read the owner's manual of their car? There is some extremely valuable info about how to keep your car in tip-top shape in there! 2. Your owner's manual will tell you when to change your oil - Some cars require oil changes every 10,000 miles, some every 5,000 miles, some every 3,000 miles, fact is, your car's manual will tell you when you should change your oil.3. use the exact kind of oil it wants - don't cheap out, use the correct oil as stated in the manual. 4. CHECK YOUR OIL - Just changing oil every interval according to your manual isn't enough, you see, you also need to keep your car's oil level at the correct level (ESPECIALLY if you drive hard or have an older car). And this literally takes 10 minutes at most, and once you've figured it out, you could probably do it in 5 minutes, and you should do it once a month at the very least as it takes almost no effort at all to do and you never can be too safe with something so easy like this. First, locate the dipstick, it's under the hood, usually brightly colored and has an oil symbol on it. It's easy to use, pull it out, wipe it off with a rag, then dip it back in, pull out, and if the oil is inbetween the two marks on the stick, you're good, if not, add oil.5. If your car has no dipstick.... - If your car has no dipstick, it likely has an electronic one (*cough cough* BMW), refer to the owner's manual to check oil with your car's electronic dipstick.6. DO THE JOB YOURSELF - Seriously, do it yourself, you'll not only save some money, but by doing the job yourself, you can verify it is done correctly. Checking oil takes literally 5-10 minutes, and changing oil takes 15 minutes to an hour. 7. pay attention to your indicator - If you're driving a particularly old car or like to drive hard, your oil change light might come on earlier than the manual says it should, in that case, pay attention to it. 8. Can't do the stuff I mention above despite how easy it is? - then buy a Toyota and don't buy any other car

  • guy buddy
    guy buddy   3 days ago

    Yeah I bet some cars could go 20k miles if they are driven perfectly, but you don't drive perfectly, in a perfect environment

  • currypac
    currypac   4 days ago

    A watched pot never Burns

  • Flo Punkt
    Flo Punkt   4 days ago

    In Europe most manufacturers typically recommend every 12 months or 15,000 km. Some cars only need oil change every 24 months or 30,000 km, but in that case the manufacturer will usually advertise that.

  • Tailong
    Tailong   6 days ago

    But those manuals have fine print...it usually says "UNLESS you drive drive in harsh conditions, which include city driving, hot weather or extreme cold weather" and a bunch more of regular driving conditions that are they consider extreme conditions...Just change your own oil and don't wait the year unless you don't drive too much, please, it's cheap, your engine on the other hand is not

  • giantmonkey101
    giantmonkey101   1 weeks ago

    I didn't change my oil for almost 4 years and it runs just great lol

  • mat williams
    mat williams   1 weeks ago

    but change the filter every 6 months it will keep the oil flowing around your engine .

  • mat williams
    mat williams   1 weeks ago

    The only thing you need to is change the oil filter that will keep you clean from slug and bad thing in oil but keep you level at the mark on the dipstick

  • Dryer Machine
    Dryer Machine   1 weeks ago

    Who tf pays 100$ for an oil change? My oil change here is 35$

  • jimmyraythomason1
    jimmyraythomason1   1 weeks ago

    My wife's daily driver is a 1997 Saturn SW-1 station wagon. She commutes 90 miles per day, round trip. We change the oil every 10,000 miles. It now has 467,000+ on it and does burn a little oil but has very little exhaust smoke and doesn't foul the spark plugs. We use conventional oil.

  • codybear4you
    codybear4you   1 weeks ago

    Im glad my lazy self only goes by my car's indicator...even then I have pushed it. I never followed the every 3k miles....its a tactic for sure to get you to spend more on the oil and other services that you may not even need....I rather trust a mom and pop place than these bigger places. I am the type to watch the people do the work on my car. Sadly as seen by another video from this channel, things that were paid for were never done. If you question and watch over them and do your research, you're less likely to be taken advantage of.

  • 09BIJAN09
    09BIJAN09   1 weeks ago

    I agree to change every 5,000 miles. Increases the longevity of your engine. My car recommends every 18k miles or 2 years. 435d

  • mark warnberg
    mark warnberg   1 weeks ago

    Oil moniter are set for the "maximum milage" as stated in the owners manual, not for the driving conditions! Read the Small Print* where it recommended tighter oil changes. The enviormentalist are not the ones who are going to pay for your blown engin!

  • S Zia
    S Zia   1 weeks ago

    Do not follow the owner's manual. Too much mileage on the same oil will only fill it with contaminants. Oil is cheaper than a new engine. Stick to the old fashioned 5-6km (3-4k Mile) intervals. This will keep your car's engine bulletproof.

  • GameboyTommy
    GameboyTommy   1 weeks ago

    3 to 4 k miles . Peace of mind and its fun

  • Shops Shire
    Shops Shire   1 weeks ago

    But how often how often is the indicator light broken

  • jesus bernal
    jesus bernal   1 weeks ago

    It's nothing more than a capitalist oil mafia scam! I've always, since my very first car changed oil every year with no problem at all! the only thing i exchange it's the OIL FILTER every 3 or 4 mos. Give me a bunch of ignorants and i'll get rich!

  • George Bush
    George Bush   1 weeks ago

    You cant trust the owners manual. Ford recommends 10k oil changes. I’ll stick to the 5k. Their interval changes on fluids will save you a few bucks now but then it will cost you the engine, transmission.

  • Steve Wilson
    Steve Wilson   1 weeks ago

    Dodge, Chrysler and Fiat are one in the same and these days make horrible products. Maybe these dealerships actually know what they are talking about from experience.

  • jeric cordero
    jeric cordero   1 weeks ago

    I used synthetic oil i change once a year, i've got only 3thou kms a year

  • Riptide 866
    Riptide 866   1 weeks ago

    color doesn't even indicate if its needs to be changed or not. The color of the oil naturally changes over time.

  • Vini
    Vini   1 weeks ago

    I change the oil on my Accord with Mobile1 Full Synthetic every 5k miles. I don't trust the car or the 15% or the dealership. You can't be too safe when it comes to your engine. This is made especially true when you drive in adverse driving conditions or short distances, etc.

  • McPuff
    McPuff   1 weeks ago

    Of course the Honda dealers didn’t let you down

  • cnebuda
    cnebuda   1 weeks ago

    This is the dumbest video I’ve ever watched. Yea your car can go a year or 15k without an oil change if you use the same recommended full synthetic oil that came in the car out of the production line (typically Mobil 1). But 99% of dealers and shops and don’t put that oil in when you go in for an oil change. They use they cheapest oil they can buy in bulk and it usually isn’t synthetic unless you pay extra and even then it’s usually a cheaper brand like fvp. It’s a bad idea to push your oil change that long with a non synthetic oil or a cheap oil. They are mostly good for 6 months 3k miles and 5k for a cheap synthetic.

  • john lee
    john lee   1 weeks ago

    Urban 9000km for premium fs , mix 15000km for premium fs , p.s. Morning valve tapping noise will be louder during cold start for saturated oil

  • Richard Kelly
    Richard Kelly   1 weeks ago

    You will soon get too old to change it yourself.

  • Johnnie the Pom
    Johnnie the Pom   1 weeks ago

    In the UK I would change engine oil and filter every 5k miles ( 8k kilometers? ) for older Nissan and Toyota diesel engines using mineral oil . In Australia 8 k kilometers in winter but in a hot summer with temperatures up to 47 oC a little bit sooner . We have a lot of dusty conditions here so air filter is also imperative. I don't care what the manufacturers guidelines are , they are still in the business of selling new cars. I drove a '76 VW Combi from Perth to Sydney and v versa 4000 ks each way during our summer and changed the oil before departure , again when I got there and again when I got back to Perth .Oil is cheap , bearing are expensive ! It is also important what ever your climate to allow the your engine to warm up . I don't care what the manufacturer says . Most engine wear is created in the initial start up and first couple of minutes driving . Turbo chargers need to spool down before you turn your vehicle ignition off . They can spin at up to 250, 000 RPM ( heavy load and throttle ) once your engine is turned of the oil pump obviously stops pumping oil . The turbo gets very hot and its possible for the bearing to run shy of oil before they stop rotation. This accelerates bearing wear ending in failure . If you can afford a to get a turbo timer it is a wise investment . Lastly , NEVER lend your vehicle's out . Follow these hints that I've acquired over 42 yrs of vehicle ownershipand you won't go far wrong .

  • ferkemall
    ferkemall   2 weeks ago

    I only do about 2/3000 a yr so flush and change every summer regarless + made my own oil catch can the oil stays cleaner longer and its an old 17 yr old diesel ! /UK

  • Jean Porta
    Jean Porta   2 weeks ago

    I change mine every 4 months or 5000 miles on my vehicles and every 6 months on my hybrid. The computer does not check the life of oil they just go by the miles you drive. Like many comments say. Do it yourself and oil is cheap and a new engine is not.

  • el toro
    el toro   2 weeks ago

    Id rather be safe than sorry

  • Deadpool
    Deadpool   2 weeks ago

    Yes its true that you can follow the instructions in the owner's manual while changing the oil. But if you are the kind of person that takes care of your car and want to drive it for as long as possible, do change it at 5,000 kms.

  • grace wangare
    grace wangare   2 weeks ago

    my manual is written in 🇯🇵 Japanese i cant even understand it i think i will never change the oil forever after watching this

  • runforit420
    runforit420   2 weeks ago

    What about direct injected cars and year-long oil changes? I know most GDI engines have gasoline blow-by into the crankcase – wouldn't that dilute the oil after a while and ruin the lubricating quality? Case in point, Honda's 1.5 turbo and oil dilution...enough said.