How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Changing Oil in a car


If you want your vehicle to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, keeping up with regular oil changes is a must. Years ago, automotive experts recommended that drivers bring their vehicles in for oil changes every 3,000 miles. However, that recommendation has changed thanks to advances in oil and engine technology. The suggested interval has been extended to 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes for newer vehicles. However, there may be different recommendations from the manufacturer, so it is a good idea to check your owner’s manual and follow those guidelines. Alexandria Volkswagen is proud to share additional information about oil changes below.

Oil Change Frequency

In most cases, the 7,500-10,000-mile interval should suffice. There are some vehicles that will need an oil change sooner than this. It primarily depends on your driving habits in Arlington. If any of the situations below apply to you, our automotive experts can recommend a maintenance schedule that works best for your particular vehicle.

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

What Happens When You Skip an Oil Change?

Your car’s engine depends on fresh, clean oil to operate efficiently. The purpose of motor oil is to minimize friction and overheating by lubricating the moving parts within the engine. Over time, the oil will start to become contaminated with dirt and debris, and the filter will become clogged and in need of replacement. If you do not get your oil changed according to the guidelines above, you may notice some of these issues listed below:

  • Check engine and/or oil change lights are illuminated
  • Knocking sound coming from the engine
  • Dark and dirty oil
  • Smoke emitting from the exhaust pipe
  • Engine overheating

Tips for Changing Your Oil

There are a few more handy tips to know about oil changes before you set up your next appointment near Washington DC at Alexandria Volkswagen.

  • Did you know that your oil continues to break down even when you do not drive the vehicle frequently? It is still important to have an oil change at least twice a year.
  • At the time of your oil change, you should also change the oil filter. If you are doing an oil change on your own, you can find the oil filter you need at our parts department.
  • Does your vehicle need synthetic oil, or is conventional oil an acceptable option? You can find this information in your owner’s manual. Some vehicles require synthetic oil to operate properly.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

To catch any leaks in the oil system before they become a bigger problem, it is recommended that you check your oil level at least once a month. At this time, you will also want to look for any change to your oil’s color, as well as the appearance of any metal particles in the oil. These can be indicators of an underlying issue. If you notice these warning signs, or your oil is too low, you can bring your vehicle to the experts at Alexandria Volkswagen.

Get a Quick and Affordable Oil Change at Alexandria Volkswagen

At Alexandria Volkswagen, we strive to make automotive service as affordable and hassle-free as possible for our neighbors in the Springfield area. In addition to our already low prices, we also offer rotating service specials to help you save even more. Contact us today if you have any questions.

Service Specials at Alexandria Volkswagen

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