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How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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How often should you change your oil? If you have your own car, we hope you already have an idea of when to change your oil — if not, you should check your owner’s manual. If you don’t regularly change your oil it can break down and not work as effectively; it could even leave you stranded around Stafford or Sugar Land

General Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

You might have heard vehicles need their oil changed every 3,000 miles or so, but that advice is a bit out of date. You won’t hurt anything by sticking with the 3-month/3,000-mile numbers, but every vehicle is different and you should check your owner’s manual. Generally speaking, advances in engines and oil allow many vehicles to go 7,500 or even 10,000 miles.

Unconventional driving or driving exclusively in stop-and-go traffic will lower those numbers some. You’re likely to require more frequent oil changes if you:

  • Go Off-Roading
  • Frequently Cover Longer Distances
  • Use Your Vehicle Commercially
  • Use Your Vehicle for Racing
  • Tow Heavy Items

If any of those scenarios apply, it’s a good idea to check with your local service center for oil change frequency recommendations.

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How Often Should You Check the Oil Level?

Oil changes are usually required because oil has started to break down or become contaminated. You can check everything is still ok by looking at the color of your oil, and you can also check there’s enough in the system. If there’s a leak, your vehicle is probably running without enough oil for safe and efficient functioning.

That’s why its recommended drivers check their oil level once a month to make sure the level is between the minimum and maximum markers. You should also keep an eye out for:

  • Color Changes
  • Metal Particles

If you notice any issues, it’s time to schedule service without delay.

Visit Greenway Mazda Service Center for Routine Maintenance

We take care of everything from oil changes and tire rotations to serious engine repairs at Greenway Mazda. Whether you’re right here in Houston or you’re bringing your Mazda in from Alief, we’ll work hard to get your vehicle running in top shape and put you back on the road. Have any questions? Contact us today to talk with a member of our service team.

We are currently updating our Specials. Please check back soon.


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