How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Without regular oil changes, your vehicle’s health and long-term value will quickly deteriorate. Many experts would once have recommended a 3,000-mile oil change, but how often should you change your oil today? Thanks to improvements in modern technology, most vehicles can often go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Your vehicle’s owners manual might contain specific recommendations for when to get an oil change. For example, the Volkswagen Jetta maintenance schedule suggests a 10,000-mile oil change. Of course, there are also a number of additional factors to consider when you’re determining your oil change frequency.

When Washington DC and Springfield drivers engage in any of the following activities, they need to visit their local Volkswagen service center more frequently:

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

Oil Change Tips from Alexandria Volkswagen

It’s certainly possible to get a Alexandria oil change without much back-and-forth, but we think that every driver can benefit from learning the following oil change facts and recommendations:

  • Maybe you own a vehicle which you only drive occasionally. Even if you’re not racking up many miles on the odometer, it’s important to change your oil twice a year. It will break down over time, even if it’s just standing still.
  • It’s always a good idea to change your oil filter when you change your oil. If you’re performing a DIY oil change at home, you can pick up a new filter at our Alexandria parts center.
  • Trying to decide between conventional and synthetic oil? Your owner’s manual will probably have a recommendation for you. For a quick answer, simply reach out to Alexandria Volkswagen over the phone.

Check out our maintenance menu to learn more about the services we offer and find out what’s required for your vehicle.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Most drivers can get away with changing their oil just once or twice a year, but you should be checking your oil level at least once a month! This regular check will help you catch leaks before they result in permanent powertrain damage.

When you’re checking your oil levels, it’s also a good idea to check the color and consistency of the fluid. If it seems especially dark, smells burnt, or has small metal particles suspended within it, you may be facing a serious problem. In any of these events, it’s a good idea to schedule service as soon as possible.

Alexandria Volkswagen is Your Source for Affordable Oil Changes

If you’ve realized that it’s time to schedule an oil change, don’t wait to reach out to our team! We offer a wide variety of rotating service coupons and parts specials, so it’s easy to save on your vehicle’s necessary maintenance. To get in and out more quickly, schedule Service Xpress today!

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