When Should You Get Your Oil Changed?

oil changeChanging your oil as necessary is one of the easiest and least expensive maintenances that you can have performed to keep your vehicle running at peak performance throughout its lifetime.

But how do you know when it is time to have your oil changed?

It seems as though everyone has a different timeline for you to follow, with answers ranging from every 3,000 miles to every 10,000 miles or more. CarTalk.com takes a happy medium, recommending you change your oil about every 5,000 miles. Cars.com also has a smart suggestion, mentioning that you change your oil every six months with your recommended tire rotation.

Just remember that if you are putting extra strain on your vehicle – using it for frequent towing, idling extensively or typically drive short enough distances that the engine doesn’t reach full operating temperature – you should be performing more frequent oil changes.

As you can see, there isn’t one all-encompassing oil change rule to follow, but your owner’s manual can provide the best guidance for your vehicle.

We recommend reviewing it to find out the manufacturer’s suggested mileage and oil type for your particular make and model. You should also pay attention to your car’s oil-life monitor and check your oil level at least monthly to ensure you aren’t running low before your pre-planned time.

Regular maintenance is an important part of vehicle ownership, but it can be expensive. For more information about how you can keep your vehicle’s interior and exterior protected, please contact PermaPlate at 800-453-8470.

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