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How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Changing your oil regularly as an essential part of routine maintenance. Previously, experts recommended changing your oil every 3,000 miles. However, due to advancements in technology, the interval has been extended to between 7,500 in 10,000 miles. You should check your owner’s manual for an exact estimate of oil change frequency.


Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

How often should you change your oil depends on your make and model. Check your owner’s manual for specific guidelines for your vehicle and read on for a general estimate of how often you should change your oil.

Although 7,000 miles to 10,000 miles is a broad guideline to follow, your driving habits will affect oil change frequency. Driving activities like off-roading, commercial use, racing, and heavy towing will need an oil change sooner than a car that’s used for commuting to Nashville.

What Happens When Your Car’s Oil Isn’t Changed?

Your vehicle’s engine depends on fresh, clean oil to operate properly. Engine oil lubricates all the moving parts under the hood, preventing friction and overheating. The oil collects debris over time, polluting the oil, and, if left untreated, damaging the engine. If your oil needs to be replaced, you’ll notice the following issues:

  • Smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe
  • Dark brown or black dirty oil
  • Check engine and/or oil change lights are illuminated
  • A knocking sound coming from inside the engine
  • Engine overheating

More Oil Change Tips

Before scheduling an appointment at our service center, check out the facts below about how often should you change your oil:

  • Even if you don’t drive frequently, you should get your oil changed at least twice a year. Oil breaks down over time, even if the car is not driven.
  • Whenever you get your oil changed at our service center, they should change your oil filter as well. Our parts department can supply you with the correct part if you’re performing an at-home oil change.
  • If you’re wondering whether you should use synthetic vs. conventional oil, you should check your owner’s manual. Although synthetic oil costs more, some vehicles require it.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Checking your oil once a month during your routine car maintenance will catch any leaks and problems caused by low oil. Check the color and appearance of any metal particles in the oil is that can be a sign that you need your oil replaced or are having serious engine problems that require professional service.

Our Service Team is Here to Help with All Your Service Needs

Are you due for routine maintenance? Browse our rotating service specials and save money on professional service at Music City Autoplex. Contact us for further information about our service offerings, and visit us today in Madison.

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