If you've owned a vehicle long enough, you've no doubt heard myths about your motor oil. These myths often come from outdated information that has changed over time as both cars and motor oil have advanced. Here are some common myths that we at Kokomo Auto World in Kokomo, IN want to debunk for you.

One of the most common myths is that oil must be changed every 3,000 miles. Motor oil performance has improved over the years and there are many synthetic oils, which allows you to go longer between changes. Most vehicles now need their oil changed only every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.

Another common myth is that if your oil looks dark, it needs to be changed because it's dirty. That's not necessarily the case. A number of additives may darken your oil, so it's fairly normal. What you do want to watch out for is motor oil that seems grainy.

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