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How to Convert Hours on an Engine to Miles

by Thomas King

Engine meters keep track of your engine's operating hours. Generally, engine meters turn on automatically when the engine is turned on and turn off automatically when the engine is turned off. You can use the total engine hours on your vehicle to estimate how many miles you've traveled since the last meter reset. It's an approximation, at best.

1

Determine how many hours have accumulated on your engine.

2

Multiply the amount of hours on your engine by 60.

3

Use the number you come up with to estimate how many miles are on your engine. For example, 1,235 hours on an engine equates to approximately 74,100 miles.

Tip

  • Engine oil-life monitors that track engine hours rather than mileage take into account idling time, rpm and other factors that aren't considered when going strictly by mileage. If your vehicle uses an oil-life monitor that tracks engine hours, the monitor may alert you that service is required before or after your vehicle hits the normal target service mileage.

About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.

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