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How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

When You Should Change Your Oil in Your Vehicle

Ever wondered why cars need oil changes? Fresh oil helps lubricate the engine to prevent it from damaging itself while the vehicle is running. Eventually, this oil will begin to break down and collect debris. When this happens, the old oil will not be able to lubricate as well as it should and will need to be replaced with new oil. To help ensure that your engine stays healthy, drivers will need to get oil changes completed on a regular basis. See how often you should get an oil change based on your oil type below!

Conventional vs Synthetic Oil Longevity

How long your oil will last will depend on whether your vehicle is using conventional or synthetic oil. Conventional oil is recommended to be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles, although modern vehicles can go a bit higher.

Synthetic oil is designed to last longer than conventional oil. It’s recommended to get an oil change for vehicles using synthetic oil every 6 months or 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Most modern vehicles will run on synthetic oil while older ones may run on conventional.

[ READ MORE: What are the Differences Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil? ]

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How to Tell That Your Oil Needs to Be Changed

What do you do if you don’t know when you got your oil changed last? You can tell if your oil needs to be changed by checking it right at home. When you open the hood and check your oil, take a look at the color. Fresh oil is amber in color and will darken with use. The darker the oil, the sooner your vehicle needs an oil change. Haven’t checked your oil before? Learn how with our step-by-step guide!

While you are checking the color of your oil, look at your oil level. It’s not uncommon for your oil level to be approaching the low marker by the time your vehicle is due for an oil change, especially if the vehicle is older. However, you need to make sure that your oil level isn’t dropping too quickly, though, as this could indicate a problem. If you suspect a leak, have your mechanic check for leaking oil as they change it. If your oil level is low and your vehicle isn’t ready for the oil change yet, top it off with fresh oil to a healthy level and monitor it until it gets changed.

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