All drivers know to have their oil changed regularly (typically every 3,000-6,000 miles), but most don’t realize there is also an oil filter that needs to be swapped out. Let’s take a look at how often you should change the oil filter and what factors could impact the frequency of this need.
How Often Should You Change The Oil Filter In Your Car?
Knowing exactly when to change your oil filter ultimately depends on a few factors. Most manufacturers recommend that the oil filter be replaced every other time you get an oil change.
For example, if you are on a 3,000-mile cycle, you would change your filter every 6,000 miles.
Changing Oil Filter Factors
Here are a few of the most common factors that could make your replacements more frequent.
Oil Change Frequency
Typically, newer vehicles are designed to run for 6,000-7,500-mile cycles after each and every oil change. Most mechanics would agree that swapping out the filter during every oil change is a wise decision.
The reason for this is because most modern engines and filters are quite efficient at filtering out particles. This means the filters themselves foul sooner.
Consistent harsh driving methods may call for more frequent oil and oil filter changes. Harsh driving relates to heavy breaking and acceleration, substantial travel, and so on. When your engine needs to work harder, the oil gets dirty much quicker. This can cause oil filters to clog at a faster rate overall.
Service Engine Light
If you are driving and you notice your service engine light pop on, it could be something as simple as a dirty oil filter. Several things can trigger this light, but choosing to address the inexpensive ones (oil filter) is always a smart idea. Try swapping out the filter at this time to see if the issue gets fixed.