If you fall into the category of drivers who allow a windshield reminder sticker to dictate when they get an oil change, current expertise recommends you drop that habit. Conversely, it is advised you heed the automobile maker's advised service intervals. For those driving modern cars, it is advised that you rely upon the car's oil life monitoring system to alert you when it is time for a change.

In the maintenance section of your owner's manual, there is an oil change information section customized for your vehicle. Commonly, the manual will list two service schedules, based on what they deem "normal" and "special" driving conditions. Decide which description best fits you and follow the advised schedule. If you are unable to locate your owner's manual, chances are you can find one online or even refer to Edmund's Maintenance Schedules, whose database includes makes as far back as 1980.

Recently, manufacturers have been installing oil life monitors, which are based on mileage and alert the driver via a maintenance light when the vehicle reaches that predetermined mileage range. In more advanced versions, the monitors are continuously tracking information via sensors located throughout the car and then utilize an algorithm to predict your oil life. Depending on your driving conditions and behaviors, the frequency of your car's lubricant can vary daily. All guesswork is eliminated about when your next tune up is and you are free to just drive until the maintenance light alerts you. It is important to remember that these systems are created to work with the factory-recommended brands. As high-tech as they may seem, they are not advanced enough to distinguish if you choose to upgrade to a higher brand. So, it actually pays to save your money and rely on the factory fill.

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Gm 3 Speed Manual Transmission Saginaw 3925647
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55 56 57 Chevy Corvette 3 Speed Transmission 1955 1957 265 283 Manual Tranny
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1955 Ford Core Manual Transmission 3-speed 558649
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1940 Cadillac Manual Transmission 3-speed V-8 48015
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1951 Plymouth Cranbrook 3 Speed Manual Transmission Assembly
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Core Manual Transmission 3 Speed Fits 55-63 Corvette 592645
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1947 Ford Manual Transmission 3 Speed V-8 573767
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1960 Fairlane Manual Transmission 3 Speed Wbell 611046
150.00
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1963 Buick Special Manual Transmission 3-speed V-6 463239
200.00
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1955 Pontiac Core Manual Transmission 3-speed 572051
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70 Camaro 3-speed Manual Transmission
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1954 Studebaker Manual Transmission 3-speed 567471
1954 Studebaker Manual Transmission 3-speed 567471
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1956 Chevrolet Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-235 524053
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Borg Warner T18 4 Speed Manual Transmission Ford No Shippingpickup Only
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Core Manual Transmission Cj5 3 Speed Fits 57 Cj-series 269732
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2004 04 Honda Civic Si Ep3 K20a3 Oem 5 Speed Manual Transmission 9307
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2015 2016 2017 2018 Ford Focus St St3 6 Speed Manual Transmission 23k Mil Damage
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1952 Desoto Manual Transmission 3-speed 276 Hemi 537974
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1963 Studebaker Manual Transmission 3-speed 8-259 567130
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1979 Dodge 100 Manual Transmission 3 Speed 1176
1979 Dodge 100 Manual Transmission 3 Speed 1176
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1940 Cadillac Manual Transmission 3-speed Wbell 611560
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1961 Impala Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-235 619821
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Manual Transmission 3-speed Column Shift Id-ran-ba2 Fits 70-76 Maverick 488377
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1969-1972 Manual Transmission 3 4 Speed Reverse Lock Out Back Drive Rod Kit
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1959 Rambler American 6 Cyl 3 Speed Manual Transmission
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1958 Chevy Biscayne 6-cyl 3-speed Manual Transmission 72243
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1966-1967 Falcon 6 Cylinder 3 Speed Manual Transmission
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2003 Saturn Vue Manual Transmission Assembly 146651 Miles 5 Speed Mg3
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2008 Dodge Caliber Srt4 Manual Transmission 6 Speed
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Core Manual Transmission 3-speed Cast-3743368 Fits 55-57 Chevrolet Pass. 574678
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1949 Plymouth Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-cyl 505243
150.00
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed Id-hef-cj Fits 1965 Ford F250 Pickup 549134
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1949 Chevrolet Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-216 594546
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed Cast-3925647 4x2 Fits 1968 Chevrolet 1500 549244
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1957 Studebaker Manual Transmission 3-speed 497772
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2007 07 Honda Civic Si Coupe K20z3 Oem 6 Speed Manual Transmission 9310
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1953 Ford Core Manual Transmission 3-speed 518553
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325.00
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed 8-350 4x2 Fits 1974 Chevrolet 10 Pickup 616110
200.00
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1953 Kaiser Manual Transmission 3-speed 545632
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed Cast-352259 Fits 1975 Chevrolet 1500 549471
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1949 Desoto Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-237 578991
150.00
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1947 Plymouth Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-cylinder 420088
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Bmw E39 E36 E46 Zf 5 Speed Manual Transmission 95-03 35 Series
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1948 Chevrolet Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-cylinder 346630
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed 6-225 Top Cover Cast-96192 Fits 1971 Dodge 549068
150.00
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1948 Chevrolet Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-216 617294
150.00
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08-14 Volkswagen Gti Mt 6 Speed Transmission Id Kzs Manual Transmission Oem L
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1960 Biscayne Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-235 465957
150.00
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03-06 Saab 93 9-3 B207l 2.0l Turbo 5 Speed Manual Transmission Assembly Oem
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1992-2003 Bmw E36 E46 Z3 5-speed Manual Transmission Getrag 250g Oem
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1963 Pontiac 3 Speed Manual Transmission Column Shift
1963 Pontiac 3 Speed Manual Transmission Column Shift
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1937 Pontiac Core Manual Transmission 3-speed 504480
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed Fits 64-65 Chevy 10 Van 151292
325.00
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2005-2006 Subaru Impreza 1.5l Gd3 5 Speed Manual Transmission Ej15 Jdm
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed 6-198 225 And 318 Side Cover Fits 70-74 Dart
300.00
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1951 Nash Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-cyl 589292
1951 Nash Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-cyl 589292
150.00
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1952 Studebaker Manual Transmission 3-speed 4x2 524087
150.00
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Manual Transmission 04 Ion Red Line Mu3 55354084 5 Speed Stick Car 2.0l Engine
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed Wshifter Fits 71-72 Vega 548753
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1962 Impala Core Manual Transmission 3-speed 8-283 345325
1962 Impala Core Manual Transmission 3-speed 8-283 345325
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1957-1971 Jeep Cj-series Manual Transmission Cj5 3 Speed T90
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69-88 Gm Manual Transmission 3 4 Speed Engine Block Z Bar Side Ball Stud Seal
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1959 Bel Air 3 Speed Manual Transmission 6-cylinder 302859
125.00
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1949 Plymouth Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-cylinder 371106
150.00
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1960 Fury Manual Transmission 3-speed Rebuilt 517561
300.00
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Manual Transmission Wbell Housing 3 Speed 6-225 Fits 1965 Dart 467959
400.00
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1951 Desoto 3-speed Manual Transmission 6-cyl 204372
1951 Desoto 3-speed Manual Transmission 6-cyl 204372
250.00
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2006 Hummer H3 Manual Transmission Assembly 176730 Miles 5 Speed Ma5
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06-08 Audi S4 Quattro Awd 6 Speed Manual Transmission Assembly Jmf 125k Miles
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87k Mile Mustang Manual Mt Transmission 5 Speed 4.6l 3v 07-10
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Bmw E36 E46 Z3 5-speed Manual Transmission Getrag 250g 1992-2003 Oem
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1951 Studebaker Pickup Manual Transmission 3-speed 4x2 595135
200.00
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1952 Dodge Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-230 559952
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 2011 - 2014 Ford Mustang 3.7l V6 Manual Transmission 6 Speed 120k Miles Oem
2011 - 2014 Ford Mustang 3.7l V6 Manual Transmission 6 Speed 120k Miles Oem
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1951 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup Manual Transmission 3-speed 4x2 480165
1951 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup Manual Transmission 3-speed 4x2 480165
125.00
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Manual Transmission 6 Bolt Cover 3-speed Fits 73-76 Gremlin 548742
150.00
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1946 Desoto Manual Transmission Fluid Drive 3-speed 6-cyl 229727
1946 Desoto Manual Transmission Fluid Drive 3-speed 6-cyl 229727
200.00
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed 4x4 4-152 Fits 66-71 Scout 545304
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Manual Transmission 5 Speed 3v Fits 05-10 Mustang 593737
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Manual Transmission 5 Speed Fits 07-09 Mazda 3 580995
200.00
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2007-2009 Mazdaspeed3 Transmission Assembly 6 Speed Manual Oem Speed 3 07-09
2007-2009 Mazdaspeed3 Transmission Assembly 6 Speed Manual Oem Speed 3 07-09
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1958 Ford F100 Manual Transmission 4x2 3-speed 6-223 447439
1958 Ford F100 Manual Transmission 4x2 3-speed 6-223 447439
200.00
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Manual Transmission 5 Speed 4.6l 3v Fits 05-10 Mustang 754635
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1958 Biscayne Manual Transmission 3-speed 8-283 492325
1958 Biscayne Manual Transmission 3-speed 8-283 492325
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Manual Transmission Swap Parts Kit Vw Jetta Gti Cabrio Mk3 - 5 Speed 2.0 Aba Che
Manual Transmission Swap Parts Kit Vw Jetta Gti Cabrio Mk3 - 5 Speed 2.0 Aba Che
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2011-2016 Chevy Cruze Manual Transmission 6 Speed 1.4l Option Mf3
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed Fits 77-87 Chevrolet 10 Pickup 188420
172.50
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E46 M3 Bmw 420g 6-speed Manual Transmission Getrag
E46 M3 Bmw 420g 6-speed Manual Transmission Getrag
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1951 Kaiser Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-266 497427
200.00
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2006 Audi A3 Manual Transmission Assembly 89045 Miles 6 Speed Gvt
2006 Audi A3 Manual Transmission Assembly 89045 Miles 6 Speed Gvt
925.00
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Manual Transmission 3 Speed 4wd Fits 74-79 Ramcharger 1269
122.94
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Manual Transmission 2wd D Models 3 Speed Fits 70-79 Dodge 100 Pickup 1266
122.94
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1962 Biscayne Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-235 22400
1962 Biscayne Manual Transmission 3-speed 6-235 22400
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Every mechanic and dealership service crew may seem to have their own rationales for their recommendations. The most reliable way to determine the life of your vehicle is to obtain an oil analysis. This will spell out the conditions of your fluids, as well as unveil any issues your engine may be having. Once your results come back from the lab, you will receive recommendations on just how far you can go between service appointments.

There is no absolute answer to the question of how often a driver should obtain an oil change. Although the average suggestion is every three to five thousand miles, there are many factors that can affect that estimate. If you happen to schedule your maintenance too early, you are only aiding in the health of your engine. The older the lubrication is, the harder your engine has to work to perform properly. Thus, your car burns more fuel. So, going in early only equates to you saving on gas mileage.

Practically all the cars being produced today are automatic. But when it comes to driving lessons, some people still take manual driving lessons instead of automatic. In fact, even some driving schools recommend novice drivers to learn how to drive a manual car first. This is because manual vehicles are still around and it seems it would take more time for them to disappear in the future.