How often should you change your car’s oil? It’s one of the most common questions we get here at the auto shop. And the answer is… it depends.
First let’s start with the basics. Your car’s engine oil lubricates cools and cleans the engine. Over time the oil breaks down and loses its effectiveness. That’s why it needs to be changed regularly.
How often you need to change your oil depends on a few factors:
1. The type of engine oil you use
2. The age and make of your vehicle
3. Your driving habits
If you’re using conventional engine oil most manufacturers recommend an oil change every 5000 to 7500 miles. If you’re using synthetic oil you can usually go longer between changes up to 10000 or 12000 miles.
Of course these are just general guidelines. The best way to know for sure is to consult your owner’s manual. Every vehicle is different and the manual will have specific oil change recommendations for your car.
If you’re still not sure how often to change your oil just ask one of our expert technicians the next time you’re in for service. We’ll be happy to help you figure it out.
How frequently should I change my car’s oil?
Depending on your car’s make model and driving habits you should change your car’s oil every 3000 to 5000 miles.
Will driving my car without an oil change ruin it?
It is not recommended to drive without an oil change as it will put unnecessary stress on your car’s engine and components.
How much does an oil change cost?
Oil changes can cost anywhere from $20 to $100.
Why do I need to change my car’s oil?
Over time oil breaks down and becomes less effective at lubricating and cooling your engine.
What kind of oil should I use for my car?
Check your car’s owner manual to see what type of oil is recommended.
Can I change my own oil?
Yes you can.
However it is recommended that you take your car to a professional mechanic.
What happens if I drive with old oil?
Driving with old oil can cause your car’s engine to overheat which can lead to serious engine damage.
What is the difference between synthetic and regular oil?
Synthetic oil is man-made while regular oil is made from crude oil.
Synthetic oil typically lasts longer and performs better than regular oil.
I just bought a used car.
Does it need an oil change?
Yes it is always a good idea to change the oil in a used car even if the previous owner says it was recently done.
I’m going on a road trip.
Should I get an oil change before I go?
If your car is due for an oil change it is a good idea to get one before going on a long road trip.
How do I know if my car needs an oil change?
Check your car’s owner manual or maintenance schedule.
You can also check the oil level and quality yourself by opening the hood and removing the oil dipstick.
I don’t drive very often.
Does my car still need an oil change?
Even if you don’t drive very often it is still a good idea to change your car’s oil every few months to prevent the oil from breaking down and becoming less effective.
I forgot to get my oil changed.
Can I just wait until my next scheduled appointment?
No you should not wait to get your oil changed if you have gone past the recommended interval.
My car’s oil light is on.
Does that mean I need an oil change?
The oil light is an indicator that your car’s oil level is low.
You should add oil to your car as soon as possible.
I’ve been meaning to get my oil changed but keep forgetting.
Is there an app or reminder I can use?
Yes there are several oil change reminder apps available that can send you alerts when it’s time for an oil change.