How Often Should I Get My Oil Changed?
Many are often confused with how often they should be changing their oil, and what is too often or too little. The recommended timeline for getting your oil changed used to be around 3,000 miles or every three months. However, with advances in engines and oil, many automakers have oil-change intervals closer to around every 7,500 miles or six months.
The owner’s manual should be the first place that you look. Your owner’s manual will have the necessary information to accurately tell you how often your vehicle should have its oil changed. Often, you’ll get a “sticker” that is placed in the top right corner of your windshield that will also indicate when you should get an oil change.
Make Sure that You Check Oil Levels
While you may want to take your vehicle to a mechanic for an oil change, you should make sure that you are keeping an eye out on your oil levels.
You should check your oil levels every month by using your vehicle’s dipstick. To do this, first, make sure that your engine has cooled down, and your car is on level ground. When the temperatures under the hood have cooled down, take out the dipstick and wipe it down with a clean rag. Next, push the dipstick back into where you pulled it out from. Wait a few seconds. Then, pull the dipstick back out again. On the dipstick, you’ll notice markings that will tell you if you need to add oil. Do so accordingly after reading your oil levels. If there wasn’t an oil marking, make sure you add oil, immediately.
Most vehicles have a light that will come on that will notify you when oil levels are of concern.
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