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How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Oil Change
Your oil is vital to keeping your car running like new on the Maple Shade roads, which is why regular oil changes are crucial. But, how often should you change your oil? Experts have always said around every 3,000 miles in the past. However, due to recent automotive advancements, that recommendation has changed to every 7,000 to 10,000 miles between oil changes. Learn about oil change frequency, and visit our service department at Holman Toyota if you’re due for a change.

Oil Change Factors

7,000 to 10,000 miles is the new broad guideline, but certain vehicles may need the oil changed fewer or farther than the standard recommendation. You may need an oil change sooner than 7,000 miles if your vehicle is frequently used for the following driving habits:

  • Off-roading in rough terrain
  • Heavy or frequent commercial use
  • High-speed racing
  • Heavy-duty towing or hauling

To find your vehicle’s specific oil change frequency, you should consult your owner’s manual.

Why Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

The oil in your car lubricates the parts of the engine to help it run smoothly on the Marlton roads. The oil collects debris as it moves through the engine and carries the unwanted debris to the oil filter. Over time, the filter and the oil become filled with contaminants and particles and need to be changed. Avoiding an oil change can lead to serious engine problems later one, and you may even notice these signs:

  • Check engine or change oil lights flash
  • Strange or unfamiliar sounds from the engine
  • Dark and dirty oil texture
  • Exhaust emitting smoke
  • Overheating engine

When you’re due for an oil change, schedule a visit with our service team to get you back on the Cherry Hill roads in no time.

Other Oil Change Tips

Here are some other factors and tips about oil change frequency that you should know:

  • You want to change your oil at least twice a year even if you don’t drive it that much. Oil can still break down even if the car doesn’t move that often.
  • Always have the oil filter replaced when you change your oil. If you’re a DIY driver, you can easily order the filter you need through our parts store.
  • If you’re unsure of whether to use synthetic oil or regular oil, you can refer to your owner’s manual. Synthetic oil may cost more, but it’s important that your vehicle is getting the proper kind of oil.

You should check your oil at least once a month to check for strange appearances in the oil’s texture, like a dark coloration and metal particles inside the oil.

Schedule an Oil Change at Holman Toyota

Now that you know how often you should change your oil, you can schedule a visit with our service experts to get your oil changed. We’ll make sure your vehicle is performing at its best, and get you back out on the roads in no time. Contact us to set up an appointment and diagnose any problems your car may be having.

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