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How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

To keep your vehicle running like new on the roads of San Antonio, it’s absolutely crucial to change your oil. Most service experts have always said to change your engine oil every 3,000 miles, but recently that number has gone up to around 7,500 and 10,000 miles due to automotive advancements. However, your specific oil change frequency will depend on your vehicle make, model, and year. Learn more about how often you should change your oil with the service experts at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville.

Oil Change Guidelines

For most vehicles, 7,000-10,000 miles is the new rule of thumb for oil change frequency. However, your vehicle could need oil service more or less due to the following factors:

  • Off-roading on rough terrain around Alamo Heights
  • Frequent commercial use
  • High-speed racing
  • Heavy-duty towing and hauling

What If I Don’t Change My Oil?

Oil acts as a lubricant that moves the parts in your car’s engine around without friction and heating. Another function of oil is that it collects debris and particles and carries it to the oil filter. Over time, the oil collects too much debris and contaminants and needs replaced. Too much time without an oil change can lead to serious problems. These are some things you may notice on the Balcones Heights roads if you go too long without changing your oil:

  • You see the check engine light or change oil light come on
  • You hear hard sounds coming from the engine
  • Oil texture is dark and dirty
  • Exhaust pipe emits smoke
  • Engine overheats quickly

Other Oil Change Tips

Here are some other things you should know about oil change frequency:

  • You want to change your oil at least twice a year. Oil breaks down even if you don’t drive your car that often.
  • If you get your oil changed at a service center, they should replace the oil filter as well. If you’re performing a DIY oil change, you can easily order an oil filter online at our parts store.
  • If you’re unsure whether to use conventional oil or synthetic oil, then you should consult your owner’s manual.

When to Check Your Oil

As a rule of thumb, you should check your engine oil once a month to keep an eye on its status. Look for any changes in color or if there are metal particles in the oil. How often should you change your oil if you need synthetic oil? You should check your owner’s manual for specific numbers, but the oil change frequency with vehicles that require synthetic oil is usually around 6,000 to 16,000 miles.

Change Your Car’s Oil at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Castroville

Now that you know how often you should change your oil, you can schedule a visit with our service center when your oil needs to be changed. Contact us to set up an appointment and get you back on the Castroville roads.

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