How to Change Your Oil on a High Mileage Vehicle

Many vehicles can run well beyond 100,000 miles, but a major factor that will determine the life of a vehicle is how often general maintenance is performed, including oil changes.

I have a 2008 F-150 with 170,000 miles on the clock. It runs trouble-free (knock on wood), and I attribute a large part of this to doing my own oil changes at regular intervals using high-quality oil and filters.

In the video below I walk through the steps of changing the oil in my high-mileage vehicle and how choosing a premium filter can really help.

How to Change Your Oil in a High-Mileage Vehicle

I always use full-synthetic oil on my vehicles as they provide the best performance throughout the life of the oil. With full-synthetic oil you no longer need to change your oil every 3,000 or 5,000 miles. I usually change my oil around 7,500 miles which is still under the 10,000 or 15,000 that most synthetic oils recommend.


It’s important that your filter can also last as long as your oil, which is why I worked with FRAM filters and chose the FRAM Titanium oil filter which is rated at 20,000 miles.

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