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How often should I change my oil filter?

Change your oil filter at least how often you change your oil. The filter removes contaminants that cause wear and tear on your engine and degrade the oil. When you shop for a filter, make sure you’re buying one rated for your oil change interval. While cheap filters are designed to work for 3,000 miles, most new cars have oil change intervals between 5,000 and 10,000 miles. Even if the filter is rated to last longer than your vehicle’s oil change interval, replacing the filter each oil change ensures your engine has the best protection.

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