How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

December 2nd, 2018 by

technician changing oil

If you want your vehicle to perform at its best for years to come, regular oil changes must be part of your regular vehicle care. In many places, it’s common to hear experts recommend a 3,000-mile oil change. Although there’s nothing wrong with being proactive, advances in oil and engine technology allow most vehicles to go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles in between visits. For a more precise estimate of how often you should change your oil, you can always consult your owner’s manual.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

7,000-10,000 miles is a good general recommendation, but ultimately, how often you need to change your oil will depend on the conditions under which you drive. If you encounter any of the following conditions with any regularity, reach out to Jordan Ford near South Bend for a more precise oil change frequency recommendation:

  • Heavy towing
  • Driving in extreme heat or cold
  • Off-road driving
  • Racing
  • Commercial usage

More Oil Change Tips

Knowing how often to change your oil is important, but it’s not the only thing you should take note of before paying a visit to the Jordan Ford service center. Check out these oil change tips:

  • Oil breaks down in the engine over time. You may not put many miles on your car, but it’s still a good idea to change your oil twice a year, at least.
  • When you have your oil changed, it’s always a good idea to check and replace your oil filter. Your technician should take care of this for you, but if you’re performing the oil change yourself, you can get the filter you need at the Jordan Ford parts department.
  • If you don’t know how to choose between synthetic and conventional motor oil, just check your owner’s manual. It might be more expensive, but it often ensures better performance, and it’s a requirement for some vehicles.

For more oil change advice, reach out to Jordan Ford via (574) 259-1981.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

It’s a smart idea to check your oil level once a month, or at the very least, once every three months. This is essential in order to catch leaks and remove low-quality oil before it seriously damages your vehicle. When performing the check, you’ll want to look for:

  • Low oil levels
  • Changes in oil color
  • Metal particles in the oil

Whether you’re simply running low on oil or notice a serious issue, you can get the help you need when you schedule service at Jordan Ford.

Turn to Jordan Ford for Oil Change Specials

Our everyday low prices and rotating auto service coupons have made Jordan Ford a trusted source of oil changes for drivers from Granger to Elkhart. We also perform body work, and only use genuine OEM parts in our repairs. Contact us today to learn more about what sets us apart. While you’re waiting for your oil change, browse our favorite pizza places in Mishawaka to see what’s for dinner!

Service Specials at Jordan Ford

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