When Should You Change Your Oil Filter?

How often should you replace your Volvo oil filter? Because today’s Vovlos are manufactured to use a Castrol synthetic oil blend, you can use either conventional or synthetic oil filters. Keep in mind, however, that if you use a synthetic oil to extend intervals between oil changes, you will defeat the whole purpose by using a conventional filter. Read on to find out more.

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Your oil filter should always be changed every time you change your oil. And there is a basic rule of thumb when it comes to oil changes, but it all depends on whether you use conventional or synthetic oil.

The Basic Rule

If you use conventional oil, the old school recommended time for an oil change was approximately 3000 miles. And if you have an older car, this is probably a good idea. But later models, it has been discovered, can actually wait until approximately 7500 miles before having the oil changed.

On the other hand, if you are using synthetic oil and a synthetic oil filter, your car may be able to wait until reaching 10,000 miles between oil changes. Best practice for proper, adequate, and appropriate oil filter maintenance is to consult the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle. If you don't have an owner’s manual, check with your local dealer or order one online.

Extreme Driving Conditions or Excessive Commutes

If you are forced to frequently drive long distances, if you drive in extreme temperatures, if your vehicle tows heavy loads, if you end up driving in a lot of stop and go traffic or other severe conditions, your oil filter and oil may need to be changed more often. Including your oil filter, components require more frequent maintenance the harder they are forced to work. In severe conditions, those components (and your engine) work harder.

The Dreaded Service Engine Light

You may need to replace your oil and filter out of their normal schedule if that dreaded “service engine” light comes on. The need for an oil change is, of course, is not the only thing that can trigger that warning light, but it's one simple fix before you drop a load of cash on a mechanic. The engine isn't working the way it was designed to if that light is illuminated. Oil circulation may be hampered by a full filter or dirty oil. If, for example, you've been driving in dirty conditions, your filter may have become clogged sooner than usual.

Sadly, the oil filter is something that frequently gets ignored or forgotten about. The fact that it is so important to your engine is one that every vehicle owner should be aware of. Purchasing a high-quality oil filter will always be preferred to sticking any old filter in your beloved automobile.

The choice between synthetic and conventional oil and oil filters, however, is up to you.

Should you always buy Volvo replacement parts for your Volvo? The answer is – absolutely, yes. To save money, some people try generic replacement parts that boast claims of being compatible with any or many automobiles. Don't believe it! Though they may seem to work at first, they can eventually damage other parts of your engine and reduce its life expectancy significantly. Always use Volvo replacement parts on your Volvo.