Reader Question: I would like to know when I should have the oil change for my 2006 Toyota RAV4. The manual stated I should have my first oil change on the first 5000-mile or the 6th month (whichever came first). I had the car serviced on the sixth month with 3,426 miles.
After the car was serviced, the service center stated to have the car service at 6,500 miles. The service manual said at 10,000 miles or 12 months.
Which advice should I follow, the service manual or the service center?
That is a great question and one that I think has many answers to. I am pretty old fashioned when it comes to oil changes. I change mine every 3,000 miles and I use to plain ole brand name oil, nothing fancy. I have a 2005 and 2006 model vehicle by the way.
The US government is trying to get manufacturers to extend the oil change intervals, so they state much longer time periods in there owners manual. I personally would not follow their recommendation and stick with what works. Change the oil and filter every 3,000 miles.
There are special synthetic oils that can be extended well past 3,000 miles but they cost twice as much as regular engine oil so you really do not save a whole lot of money by doing so.
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