How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Changing your oil is a necessity to make sure you can feel confident in vehicle on any Mesa road. Historically, experts have recommended an oil change after 3,000 miles as a good baseline for any vehicle, but is no longer the case. Thanks to improvements in motor oil and automotive technology, many new vehicles can go between 7,500 to an incredible 10,000 miles between oil changes. For your vehicle’s specifics, be sure to ask your local service center and consult your owner’s manual. Learn more below with Cactus Jack's Auto!

Make Sure You Have the Right Oil Change Frequency

An oil change every 7,500 to 10,000 miles is a good place to start, but for many drivers around Surprise, this range leaves a lot up to chance. Your driving habits are a major factor when it comes to this service, whether you have a new or a reliable pre-owned vehicle. See below for some of the more relevant driving conditions and habits that may impact your need for this service:

  • Inclement weather
  • A more aggressive driving approach
  • Heavy towing
  • Off-roading or racing
  • Commercial use

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

To see how your particular engine is using oil, you should check your oil level at least once a month. This can help alert you to a range of problems, including a leak. At the very least, making sure your oil level and quality is properly maintained will help prevent significant damage to your vehicle and engine block. The color of your oil and the amount of debris within should help you determine if you should replace your oil.

Additional Oil Change Recommendations

Our vehicle experts suggest keeping the following in mind when considering how often to change your oil:

  • Your oil filter is an essential part of making your oil reach its full potential. Remember to have your oil filter changed when you get an oil change.
  • Oil will break down whether it’s receiving a lot of use or not. For this reason, experts recommend getting your oil changed twice a year, even if you don’t do a lot of driving.
  • As synthetic oils become more popular, for both drivers and manufacturers, you should check your owner’s manual for the right oil you need. Synthetic oil may be necessary for your vehicle.

Learn More About Vehicle Maintenance Cactus Jack's Auto

Proper maintenance for your vehicle can save you thousands of dollars in repairs and prevent issues like overheating. Look into the Cactus Jack's Auto guide for car buying tips to save even more with the perfectly suited vehicle. Our finance department is also always ready to help you build the insurance and payment plan to fit your lifestyle. Of course, you can also stop by our showroom just outside of Glendale in Phoenix today for all our weekly specials and inventory.

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