How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Car oil Changes

Knowing how often you should change your oil is an important part of vehicle ownership, but the answer isn’t always quite as clear-cut as you might like. In a nutshell, you should change your oil at recommended service intervals, when it gets low, or when it gets dirty. Let’s take a closer look to help you figure out when new engine oil is needed.

At Each Oil Change Interval

It used to be that oil was changed every 3,000 miles or 3 month, whichever came first. However, that rule of thumb has been made obsolete by modern vehicles and oils. In fact, some automakers now recommend up to 10,000 miles or 12 months. The best thing to do is check your owner’s manual. It will provide a recommended maintenance schedule that tells you when oil changes — as well as other routine work — become necessary.

Low Oil Levels

Recommended oil change intervals take average driving conditions into account and naturally don’t consider the possibility of leaks. This is why you should check your oil level at least once a month: you can do this easily enough using either the traditional dipstick or a newer electronic oil monitor. If your vehicle is running low on oil, top it up using the brand and type recommended by your manufacturer. If oil levels drop fast, visit a service center to check for leaks.

Contaminated Oil

Oil needs to be changed because it doesn’t last forever. As time goes by, oil breaks down and gathers contaminants, so having clean oil is just as important as having enough oil. Luckily enough, you can check the quality as you check the level. Oil should be brown or black. If you see any small metal fragments or notice a slightly milky appearance, you should replace the oil.

Nyle Maxwell CDJR Can Take Care of Your Oil Changes

If you have an upcoming maintenance interval or think you might need your oil changed anyway, simply use our online service scheduler. Think you might have a leak? Our mobile repair service is available in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and beyond. Contact us today to find out more. In the meantime, find out why a car might overheat, how to use jumper cables, how to turn off your check engine light, what tire numbers mean, or why your car could be shaking so you can combat these problems in the future. You can also learn how to rotate your tires at home to save money on maintenance!

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