We’ve heard it from time to time that we should be getting a regular maintenance checkup which includes getting our oil changed. There are a lot of questions that it can be followed up with and even some confusion about what’s necessary or not necessary.

Today we’ll cover the common questions we get and how you can have a better sense of judgement on when to get your oil changed.

Why do you need to get an oil change?

We’ll start with the basics. An oil change is essential for your engine to run smoothly. It is the key to keeping your car running effectively and lubricates the engine, so it doesn’t overheat.

When should you get your oil changed?

Your driving habits will determine this question – therefore we broke it down into different categories below:

Driver A:

Your routine driving is primarily 10 miles or less.

It is recommended that you should change your oil every 1000 – 3000 miles. If you are typically taking smaller roads and avoiding the highways, your vehicle engine won’t get hot enough to boil off any condensation. This cause the oil to break down and in return can mess up the engine.

Driver B:

Your routine driving consists of 20 minutes or more a day while achieving steady speeds on highways and/or freeways.

It is recommended that you every 5000 – 7500 miles you get your oil changed.

A rule of thumb of course is to always pay attention to your check engine light and/or if your vehicle has an oil monitoring system.

Another tip is to check the oil levels on a regular/ monthly basis to see if you’re running low.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not you need an oil change, call your local and trusted professional to ask questions.

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