How often do I need to change the oil in my car?
We have all heard someone tell us to be sure to change the oil in our car before taking it on a long trip, but when else should we be changing the oil? And what happens if we don’t change it? There is a lot that goes into the regular maintenance of a car and an oil change is just one part of it. Keep reading below to learn how often you should be changing the oil in your car to keep it on the road and running smoothly.
Guideline to follow for oil changes
The rule of thumb used to be to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or every three months. Over the years, products and engines have improved and this is no longer the case. Generally, most cars today can make it 7,500 or even 10,000 miles before it is recommended that they have their oil changed. Of course, there is no “golden number” of miles that we need to look for before getting our oil changed, these are just guidelines.
Each vehicle’s handbook should state how often it is recommended that they have the oil changed, so that is something that you should be sure to follow. If the vehicle does a lot of rough driving, such as trailering, a lot of starting and stopping or a lot of idling in traffic, it might be necessary to change the oil more often.
While keeping in mind the recommendation from the handbook, it is also recommended to regularly check your vehicle’s oil yourself. This is a simple process that can be done right at your own home. Just make sure your vehicle is parked on a flat surface, locate the oil dipstick, clean it off and dip it back in. When you pull it out the second time, the stick should read the oil level, be sure that the oil line is between the minimum and the max. Try to check your oil once a month.
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Most of Volkswagen vehicles are recommended to have an oil change every 10,000 miles. Findlay Volkswagen wants to keep you and your vehicle running smoothly so be sure to schedule your regular maintenance checkups! Stop by the dealership today or contact us with any questions!