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I have a 1996 Dodge Stratus ES 4 door Sedan. It is a 2.4. I had my oil changed in June of 2014. How long does an oil change last and when is it advisable to get it changed again? Thanks

I had my oil change last June, 2014. When should I get it changed again? I thought Oil changes last for 3,000 miles? I haven't driven that far. I just use the Car to go from place A to B. Thanks.

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Oil change period is every 6 months or 5000 miles or 10000klms
however as the oil collects moisture from incomplete combustion any short runs that do not allow the engine to come to full operating temperature to boil off the moisture will need a more regular oil change
So if the car does runs of at least 1/2 hour the the 6 months will be ok
On the other hand if it is only used to go around the corner to a corner shop then more frequent oil changes will be required
Good policy is oil filter with the oil every 6 months or if more frequent with every second oil change

Posted on Apr 18, 2015

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  • Bill Boyd Apr 18, 2015

    no it does not. thyere are additives in oil to handle more the moisture and they become all neutralized by engine use and if they are not changed out will result in sludge in the engine sump and components. There is an old adage amongst good mechanics and it goes like this. oil is a cheap mechanic, ignore it and it becomes a very dear mechanic

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