When should I change my oil if I don't drive a lot?

The owner's manual of my Volvo S60 says that oil should be changed at a 7,500-mile interval, and I only drive about 6,000 miles a year. Due to my low mileage, my oil would be changed in intervals of more than a year. Should I change it more often?

John, Yardley, Pa.

We called the Volvo Customer Care Center and gave them the rundown on your situation. Surprisingly, we weren’t put on hold for 50 minutes, which was very unusual for a help line. Volvo’s recommendation is to change the oil in your S60 once a year if you’re not exceeding 7,500 miles a year. Modern oil and engine technology allow for longer intervals compared to years ago, and it’s not uncommon to hear recommendations like these with new cars.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on July 23, 2007 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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