How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Oil Change
Routinely changing your vehicle’s oil is important to maintaining its overall health. While in the past, experts have recommended oil changes every 3,000 miles, thanks to advances in oil and engine technology, most vehicles can go 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. However, it’s always a great idea to check your owner’s manual for specific guidelines on how often your oil should be changed. Learn more about oil change frequency and extra oil change tips, below!

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

It’s important to keep in mind that 7,000-10,000 miles is a broad interval and some vehicles may need to get their oil changed a lot sooner. If you use your vehicle for any of the tasks below, reach out to Chevrolet Center Inc near Lakeland to schedule an appointment:

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

How to Change Synthetic Oil

If your vehicle runs on synthetic oil, you may be able to wait longer between oil changes. If you’re wondering, “how often should I change synthetic oil,” you’ll typically need to have an oil change between 6,000 miles and 16,000 miles. However, you’ll want to be sure to consult your owner’s manual since synthetic oil change intervals can differ depending on the vehicle’s make and model.

What Happens if You Don’t’ Get Your Oil Changed?

Your car’s engine needs clean, fresh oil to operate properly. Oil not only lubricates the engine’s moving parts, preventing friction and overheating but oil also collects debris as it travels throughout the engine, carrying it to the filter. Over time, the oil and filter become contaminated and will need to be replaced. When you don’t get routine oil changes, you can run into the following issues:

  • Check engine and/or oil change lights are illuminated
  • Knocking sound coming from the engine
  • Dark and dirty oil
  • Smoke emitting from the exhaust pipe
  • Engine overheating

Additional Oil Change Tips

Before scheduling a visit to our service center near Haines City, take a look at these oil change facts. If you have any additional questions about oil changes, just reach out to our service center at (863) 294-7371:

  • While you may think that sparsely driving your car will prevent the need for routine oil changes, this is not the case. You’ll want to get an oil change at least twice a year, especially since oil still breaks down even if you aren’t using your vehicle.
  • Whenever your oil gets changed, the oil filter should always be replaced. You can stop by our parts center to purchase an oil filter if you’re doing an oil change at home.
  • If you’re wondering whether to use synthetic vs. conventional oil, check your owner’s manual. Synthetic oil can be more expensive, but some vehicles require it.
  • You can stop by our parts center to purchase an oil filter if you’re doing an oil change at home. Learn more about how long an oil change should take.

How Often Should You Check Your Oil Level?

You should check your oil level at least once a month to catch any issues, such as leaks in the oil system. You’ll also need to check for any changes in the oil’s color, as well as if there are any metal particles in the oil as these can be indicators of serious problems. If you notice that you’re low on oil or have any additional issues, schedule a service appointment with Chevrolet Center Inc today.

Visit Chevrolet Center Inc for Oil Changes

When you need an oil change near Davenport, let the Chevrolet Center Inc service experts take care of it for you! We also have service offers that will help keep your vehicle maintenance budget-friendly. Have any questions or concerns? Contact us today!


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