4 Driver Categories That Necessitate Frequent Oil Changes


According to Ford officials, if you drive a 2008 model or newer, you should only need to change your oil once every 7,500 miles.

This is more than twice as long as the conventional "every 3,000 miles" wisdom that your parents and their mechanics used. It’s even higher than what our own technicians in our service center advise.
Ford and other manufacturers have designed improvements in engines and improvements to the oil itself so that vehicles can last that long in a pinch.
However, there are still drivers who should change vehicle oil more frequently—perhaps not every 3,000 but rather every 5,000 miles.
As a driver, do your driving habits fall into one of the following four "extreme" categories of faster oil aging? For those who live in and near Lubbock, there's a good chance you do.
If you drive long distances during hot weather, if you haul heavy farm or construction equipment, or if you drive on dry dusty roads—your vehicle may lose oil quality faster than a 7,500-mile oil change can keep up with.
The severe-use oil change schedule always has shorter recommended intervals between oil changes. It applies if any of the following are true:
  • Most trips are less than 10 miles. This is especially important when outside temperatures are below freezing, which isn’t something us Lubbockians need to worry about often.
  • Most trips include extensive idling, such as in stop-and-go traffic.
  • The vehicle is frequently driven in dusty areas, such as dirt or gravel roads.
  • The vehicle is frequently used for towing a trailer or using a carrier on top, both of which place extra demands on the engine.
  • The vehicle is used for delivery service, police, taxi, or other commercial applications.
Visit or call to schedule an appointment today for an oil change service at Fiesta Motors Service Center in Lubbock. Or if you’re looking for a newer dependable used model, come in and check out our inventory today. We’ll even help you get set up with budget-friendly financing.