How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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The health and safety of your vehicle are incredibly important to maintain. As the often unsung hero of automotive performance, fresh engine oil is essential for smooth Oxnard travels. While the prevailing wisdom no longer says that an oil change is needed every 3,000 miles, routine oil changes are absolutely necessary. So, how often should you change your oil? 

Experts agree that most new cars have an oil change frequency between 7,500 and 10,000 miles. This is a good rule of thumb, but individual driving habits and the needs of your vehicle may cause this range to differ. Learn more about the proper oil change frequency to keep your Santa Barbara ride in working order below!



Recommended Oil Change Frequency

How often should you change your oil? While the 7,500-10,000 mile range is appropriate for most Camarillo cars and drivers, there are circumstances that can cause this range to be shortened. If you regularly engage in any of the following driving habits, your oil change frequency will be more often than the average Ventura driver:

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

Oil Change Frequency Information

Knowing how often to change your oil is a great way to keep your vehicle in top shape. However, there’s other oil change info to keep in mind while caring for your car. Explore some additional oil change tips here:

  • Your owner’s manual will hold information about the type of oil your vehicle requires- either synthetic or conventional oil.
  • Even if a vehicle isn’t being driven regularly, oil will break down. If a car sits idle for long periods of time, an oil change frequency of once every six months is recommended. 
  • Be sure to get a fresh oil filter with every oil change. Our parts center can assist you if you’re doing a DIY oil change. 

How Often Should You Check Your Oil Level?

Keeping an eye on the volume and status of your oil is a great way to prevent minor issues from blossoming into major repairs. Changes in the color and texture of your oil can be indicative of serious problems. If you notice anything unusual during one of your spot checks, schedule service with Ventura Toyota right away. 

Ventura Toyota is Always at Your Service

Now that you know how often you should change your oil, you can keep up with auto care like a pro. If anything does come up and you need expert maintenance, you can explore our service coupons to enjoy incredible savings. If you have any oil change questions, contact our service team for guidance! 

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