How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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In order to keep your car running in top condition on the roads in and around Tamuning and all of Guam, it’s important to keep up to date on your oil change schedule. The rule previously was to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but with advancements in oil and engine technology, most new vehicles today can be driven between 7,500 to 10,000 miles before requiring an oil change.

It’s best to consult your owner’s manual to determine the recommended oil change schedule for your specific vehicle make and model. Learn more about how often you should change your oil in this guide from the experts at Triple J Guam.

Oil Change Schedule Guidelines

In general, most vehicles should have their oil changed every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. However, there are some exceptions. Different kinds of driving conditions will affect how often your oil will need to be changed. Some of these include:

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

If you drive under any of the above conditions, it’s a good idea to bring your car into the service center at Triple J Guam so that our certified technicians can help you adjust your oil change schedule accordingly. Failure to secure on-time oil changes can lead to major problems more quickly than you might realize!

More Oil Change Tips

Other factors to take into consideration before scheduling your next oil change include:

  • The oil in your car, truck, or SUV should be changed at least twice a year, whether you drive regularly or not. Even if your car isn’t being used on a daily basis, the engine oil will break down over time.
  • Always make sure to replace the oil filter should at the same time that you change the oil. The specialists in our parts department can help you to find the correct oil filter for your vehicle.
  • Check your owner’s manual to find out if your vehicle requires synthetic oil or conventional oil. If you drive an Acura TLX or some other luxury vehicle, there’s a good chance that your vehicle requires synthetic oil.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

The oil level should be checked at least once a month. Maintaining the proper amount of oil will ensure that your engine will run smoothly, and by regularly checking the oil level you’ll be able to catch any possible leaks in the oil system before they become problematic. Pay attention to the color of the oil, and if you see any particles of metal contact our service center as soon as possible, as it could indicate a serious problem.

Schedule Your Next Oil Change at Triple J Guam

Put the auto experts at Triple J Guam to work for you today. In addition to oil changes, we can help with tire rotations, checking your transmission fluid, tire care, and much more. Have more questions? Listen to Adam and Patti on the latest episode of Tech Talk, or contact us today! Make sure to check out our current service coupons to save money on oil changes and other maintenance services, then schedule a service appointment in the Barrigada and Rota area today!