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How Often Should I Change The Oil On My Hybrid or Light Diesel Automobile?

Many hybrid owners and light diesel truck owners ask the State Street Auto Service team about how often they should change the oil in their vehicles. For many, they assume that changing the oil on their Prius or Dodge truck every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or 3 - 6 months is adequate. However, the frequency of oil change intervals for hybrid and light diesel vehicles mostly depends on what type of driving you do.

While some hybrid and light diesel makers claim that their newer models do not require oil changes until 7,500 - 15,000 miles, we believe that is unrealistic. Hybrids tend to require oil changes between 4,000 - 6,000 miles.  Diesels, however, can go a lot longer at 7,500 - 10,000. Waiting too long to change your oil will drastically shorten the lifespan of your alternative fuel vehicle.

Again, the oil change intervals for alternative fuel automobiles depend on the type of driving you do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Here are a few examples explaining how frequently certain vehicles require the oil to be changed.

  1. Customer Adam is in the Ag business and mostly drives his Dodge truck to haul items between farms. He might put 7,500 miles on his truck per year. We advise that he change his oil once a year because the condensation that forms can corrode internal parts of his diesel engine. Therefore, Customer Adam changes his oil annually when he reaches 7,500 miles on his diesel truck.

  2. Customer Bobby is in the construction industry and drives his Chevy diesel truck every day over long distances. He spends a lot of time in his Chevrolet diesel between his office and various job sites. Bobby tends to put 18,000+ miles on his diesel truck every year. He’s in stop-and-go traffic quite a bit, but he’s usually cruising between 50 - 80 miles per hour during his commute. For Customer Bobby, we advise oil change intervals between 7,500 - 10,000 miles for his light diesel truck.

  3. Customer Christy is somewhere in between Adam and Bobby. Christy is a U of M faculty member who commutes approximately 10 - 20 miles per day, averaging 12,000 miles on her Toyota Prius every year. She’s in stop-and-go traffic quite frequently, commutes daily into Ann Arbor, and zips around her hometown of Dexter to do errands, and take care of her ailing father. For Customer Christy, we believe the standard recommendation of an oil change every 4,000 - 6,000 miles for her Toyota Prius is just about right.

As you can see, these three customers of State Street Auto Service have a variety of driving styles. That is why they each have different recommendations for how frequently they change the oil in their hybrid and light diesel vehicles.

At State Street Auto Service, you can count on us to provide a positive customer experience that is backed by honesty, integrity, and quality work. If you’ve never tried State Street Auto Service for quality hybrid and light diesel auto repair. Give us a call anytime at 734-761-8006 if you would like us to inspect your alternative-fuel vehicle and recommend an oil change interval that is right for you. You’ll be glad you did.