How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Oil change

Just how often should you change your oil? Well, a previous rule of thumb many drivers would stick by was to have an oil change every 3,000 miles or so. But while many automotive experts have made this suggestion in the past, advances in oil and engine technology now enable most vehicles to go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. However, before you wait this longer time period before getting an oil change, you should always refer back to your owners manual to see what it recommends to keep your car running at its best on Martinsville roads.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Many Danville and Reidsville, NC drivers using their vehicle for simple commuting can certainly adhere to the 7,000-10,000 mile suggestion between oil changes. Those who use their vehicle in harsher conditions or for work purposes will have a different oil change frequency. You may need to bring in your vehicle for an oil change sooner than expected if you use your vehicle for any of the following purposes:

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

More Oil Change Tips

Along with knowing your oil change frequency and how differently driving styles and habits can impact it, here are some more oil change tips to keep in mind to better keep tabs on your vehicle’s oil health:

  • Even if you don’t drive your car much, you’ll still want to get an oil change at least twice a year. Oil breaks down over time even if your car isn’t being used.
  • Whenever you get your oil changed, they should replace the oil filter as well. You can always stop by the parts department at Gunter Nissan of Martinsville for an oil filter if you’re doing a DIY oil change.
  • Wondering whether to use synthetic vs. conventional oil? Check your owner’s manual. Synthetic oil can cost more, but some vehicles require it.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Make it a habit to check your oil levels at least once a month as this will allow you the opportunity to spot any leaks in the oil system, check for any discoloration, or spot any metal particles in your oil which can be a sign of a much more serious problem. Doing this will allow you to catch problems with your vehicle before they become worse.

Turn to Gunter Nissan of Martinsville for Oil Changes

When it’s time to bring in your vehicle for an oil change, you can count on the service and parts department at Gunter Nissan of Martinsville to get you back on the road in no time. We also offer more service features to help you take the best care of your Nissan such as how often to change spark plugs. And, you can save more on your next visit with our service specials. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment near Greensboro, NC!

From maintenance to liability insurance coverage, our team is always excited to help you learn more today. We’d also love to help you learn more about OEM parts or how to rotate tires today!

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