How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Oil Change

Maintaining your vehicle and prolonging its life requires regular oil changes. But how regular is necessary? The old adage says you should change your oil every 3,000 miles you drive around Martinsville, but with new technology applied to both updated vehicles and oil formulation, it’s usually possible today to go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes. Of course, those numbers depend on your make and model, and the way you drive your car. Looking for information you can trust? Check your owner’s manual and this handy guide below, then stop by the Gunter CDJR Martinsville service department in Ridgeway.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

7,500 – 10,000 miles is a great guideline to follow, but there’s a better chance you’re going to need more frequent oil changes if you engage in any of the following activities with your vehicle:

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

Our service techs have specific recommendations for cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs that engage in any of these criteria, and chances are, you’ll need to change your oil more often if you perform any of them. Contact us today to ask about your specific model and driving habits.

More Oil Change Tips

A few more guidelines can have a significant impact on your oil change regimen:

  • Be sure to get an oil change at least twice a year, regardless of mileage. Oil breaks down over time, even if your car isn’t being used in Danville very often.
  • Make sure you replace the oil filter every time you get your oil changed. If you’re changing your oil yourself, our parts department can help you find the one that’s right for your car, truck, van, or SUV.
  • Wondering whether to use synthetic vs. conventional oil? Check your owner’s manual. While it sometimes costs more money, synthetic is required for certain vehicles.

There’s always more to consider than just a single gauge on your dash when it comes to any vehicle’s maintenance, and changing your oil is no exception. Remember to consider these issues before purchasing a new or used vehicle.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Engine issues can often lead to oil consumption, and if you’re running low on oil, that can result in catastrophic damage to your car. Check your oil level every month and look for discoloration, or the appearance of loose metal particles. Either one can be a sign of serious issues under your hood. Get in touch with our service department immediately if that’s the case.

Turn to Gunter CDJR Martinsville for Oil Changes

A parts department that carries genuine OEM parts and accessories, low prices, and experienced service personnel are all factors that make Gunter CDJR Martinsville, right in the Reidsville, NC area, a great resource for advice on oil changes, spare tires, spark plugs, and more. Give us a call at 276-956-7383 or stop by to see us in Ridgeway to learn more!

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