How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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The rule on oil change frequency has changed in recent years. The recommendation used to be that a car’s oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, but due to advancements in engine and oil technology, most vehicles can be driven between 7,500 and 10,000 miles before requiring an oil change. How often should you change your oil? The best way to find out what the oil change frequency is for your car, truck, or SUV is to refer to your owner’s manual. Learn more about oil changes below, and if your vehicle is due for its next oil change, put the auto service professionals in the Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Service Department to work for you today!

Oil Change Frequency Guide

An oil change is one of the most common and important auto maintenance services. In general, planning on having your oil changed every 7,500 to 10,000 miles should help keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely on Walpole-area roads. But there are some types of driving that can affect your oil change frequency. These include:

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

If any of the above apply to you, we advise that you check in with the service team at Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. They will be happy to help you determine an oil change frequency that best suits how and where you drive.

Oil Change Tips

Along with finding out how often you should change your oil, there are a number of additional oil-related tips that you should be aware of to ensure that your vehicle is operating at peak performance levels on the Swanzey roads. Review the following oil change tips from our auto service experts.

  • Engine oil will break down over time, whether your car is regularly driven or not. Plan on getting an oil change at least twice a year, even if you don’t drive your car every day.
  • A new oil filter needs to be installed whenever the oil is changed. If you will be changing the oil yourself, you can find the right oil filter for your vehicle in the Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Parts Department.
  • Check your owner’s manual to find out whether your car uses synthetic oil or conventional oil. Synthetic oil often costs more, but it is required for some vehicles.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

You should check the oil level in your car at least once a month and top it off if needed. If you see that the oil is dark and muddied, or if there are metal particles in it, you should schedule a service appointment with Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram as soon as possible. These are both signs of potentially critical issues that could lead to costly repair bills down the road.

Get Professional Oil Change Service Today at Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Our certified technicians are standing by to take care of all your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram maintenance and repair needs. While the price of an oil change at Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is very competitive with other auto shops in the Brattleboro area, we also offer service specials, including oil change coupons, to help you save even more. Please feel free to contact our Service Department if you have any questions.

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