If I drive very few miles how frequently oil should be changed?

Asked by Jul 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM about the 2009 Toyota Corolla XLE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I drive about 2000 miles/year. How frequently should the oil be changed?

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Most will say 5000 miles, or once a year. Up to you what interval you'd like to change it. Some go by time, some by mileage. You will get many different opinions. In your case, I'd just change it at 3k, which would be every 1.5 years.

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Use to be every 3 months or 3000 miles which ever comes first.(I still do this) But with the new oils some say from 5-7000 miles or once a year. I personally if in your situation would change it at least every six months. Better safe than sorry. But if you are going to go for longer periods be sure to keep a check on the oil level as to not ever run it low. The cost of an oil change is cheap in comparison to that of a new motor.

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if all you make is short trips (like me) 1000 miles or every six months~ drivin' short trips means RICH condition for about the first thirty seconds...ends up in your oil~

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You are 100% right...can never do wrong with frequent changes~

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Sounds like you drive your Toyota as much as I drive my '94 Cadillac. I change the oil in that car in the spring and fall. About every 6 months. Remember to reset the oil life system when you do the oil changes so you don't get a false warning light. If your car is so equipped. HTH. - Jim

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