How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

“How often should you change your oil?” It’s an all too common question, but if you’re not quite sure of the exact answer, you’re not alone! Many Fremont car owners understand the vital importance of routine oil changes, but not everyone is sure of just how often they need the service. Thanks to significant improvements in oil and engine technologies, most Dublin drivers can adhere to an oil change frequency of 7,500-10,000 miles. Of course, the best thing you can do is follow the maintenance schedule outlined in your owner’s manual, as the oil change frequency may be different for your specific make and model.

What’s the Right Oil Change Frequency for You?

The most widely accepted rule of thumb for oil change frequency is 7,500-10,000 miles, but some car owners will need to have their oil changed more often than that. How do you know if you fall into that category? If you can check off any of the following activities as a routine part of your driving practices, you’ll know that you likely need more frequent oil changes:

  • High-mileage daily travel
  • Off-roading
  • Commercial use
  • Racing
  • Heavy towing

You’re always welcome to contact our service team if you would like to get an expert recommendation based on your vehicle and your driving habits!

More Oil Change Frequency Tips

As you determine the right oil change frequency for your car, you should also take these tips into consideration:

  • Does your car require synthetic oil or conventional oil? Synthetic oil is more expensive, but it also lasts longer. Your owner’s manual will tell you which type of oil to put in your car.
  • Does your car rarely see the roads of Livermore? Even if you don’t drive it often, you should get an oil change twice per year to keep the oil fresh.
  • If you change your oil at home, don’t forget to also change the oil filter. The oil filter should be changed during every oil change, and you can get a genuine filter for your vehicle at an authorized parts center.

When Do You Check the Oil Level?

You’ve determined your oil change frequency, but you might wonder if there’s any upkeep you can do in-between oil changes. Once per month, it’s recommended that you check the oil level in your car. If there’s an oil leak, checking the oil this often will alert you to it sooner rather than later. Additionally, you should check the overall quality of the oil. If it’s dirty, it’s time to schedule an oil change.

Oil Service You Can Trust in Pleasanton

If you have any other questions relating to “how often should you change your oil?”, we’d be happy to help. Check out our service tips, or reach out to our service center to speak with an advisor about Lexus oil change costs and more.

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