How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Like completing transmission fluid checks, making sure that you regularly change your oil will keep your car, truck or SUV running smooth and safe on South Jersey roads, and help to extend the life of your engine. In the past, the rule was that your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, but due to advancements in oil and engine technology, most vehicles can now be driven 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes. You should check your owner’s manual to see what the recommended oil change interval is for your specific vehicle. Learn more about oil changes from Rolls Auto Sales.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

The oil in your vehicle should be changed every 7,500-10,000 miles, but like tire rotation, certain driving conditions affect how often the oil should be changed. If any of the following apply to you, then you’ll need to schedule more frequent oil changes:

  • Off-roading
  • Commercial use
  • Racing
  • Heavy towing

More Oil Change Tips

Whether you’re a DIY-type, or if you prefer to take your car to a local auto shop or quick lube center, there are some basic facts about oil changes that you should be aware of:

  • As a rule, you should get an oil change at least twice a year. Even if you don’t do a whole lot of driving, the engine oil breaks down over time and needs to be replaced..
  • Make sure that the oil filter is replaced whenever you get your oil changed.
  • Check your owner’s manual to find out if your car uses synthetic oil or conventional oil. While synthetic oil often costs more, some vehicles require it.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Checking your oil level once a month will help you to catch any leaks before they become serious. When checking the oil level you should pay attention to the color of the oil. If the oil dark black it’s dirty and possibly deteriorating. If you see any metal particles in the oil, you’ll want to get the vehicle into a mechanic right away.

Find Quality Used Cars at Rolls Auto Sales

Taking good care of your car will ensure that you’ll enjoy safe, and dependable, performance on the roads in and around Reading for years to come. As you’re learning ways to properly take care of your car, check out our guide on how to clean leather seats or how to jump start your car to avoid additional service costs. If you’re tired of excessive repair bills, you should think about upgrading your ride at Rolls Auto Sales. All of the used vehicles we sell have been carefully inspected to ensure they are in top condition, inside and out, and our certified pre-owned vehicles must meet high-quality standards in order to earn certification. Check out our used vehicle specials, and if you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact us.