How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Whether you drive a sedan, a pickup truck, or an SUV, regular oil changes are a critical part of vehicle maintenance. Driving around St. Louis or St. Charles, you might still meet the occasional mechanic who tells you to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. This guideline used to hold true, but with more advances in vehicle technology every year, you might wonder: “How often should you change your oil in the current day and age?” In general, a 7,500 – 10,000-mile oil change frequency is more appropriate for newer models.

Which Factors Affect Your Oil Change Frequency?

Most drivers will never have any serious problems if they stick to the guidelines identified above. However, if you engage in any sort of special activity, you’d be wise to shorten your oil change interval. If you frequently engage in racing, heavy towing, commercial use, or off-roading, contact your local Suntrup service team to find out what we recommend!

How to Avoid Issues with Your Motor Oil

Here are a few other things you should know if you want to avoid minor problems and major issues related to motor oil:

  • If you don’t drive often, you should ignore the mileage recommendation and have your oil changed at least one to two times a year. Oil breaks down over time and becomes less effective at lubricating and cooling your engine.
  • If you decide to change your oil at home, remember to pick up a new oil filter at your local parts department. The new oil you’ve added won’t do much if it’s being cycled through an old filter.
  • If your vehicle is compatible, consider opting for synthetic oil or a synthetic-conventional oil blend. Your oil change just might last a little longer, and you could enjoy better performance during the interval!
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How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Although your oil only needs to be changed once or twice a year, you should be checking your oil levels every month. A low oil level is just as bad as dirty oil, if not worse. If your motor oil smells burnt, or has small metal particles suspended within it, you might be dealing with a big problem. In either event, you’ll want to schedule service at a trusted service center, right away.

Visit our guide to recommended vehicle maintenance to find out what other regular tasks you should be performing.

Secure Your Next Oil Change with the Suntrup Automotive Group!

Looking to get a great price on your next oil change. Schedule your trip to a local Suntrup Automotive Group service center today, or contact us to get our current oil change price. Just don’t forget to check out our rotating oil change coupons and service specials before you do.

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