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How Often to Get an Oil Change

Until the 1980s, cars didn't last more than a few years. Recent research shows that in addition to today's cars being made with higher quality materials and having decent extended warranties, taking care of your car is vital to ensure that it will last longer than just a few years. 

You need to get into a routine of taking your car to a certified mechanic or auto repair shop to look over it and perform all of the regular maintenance jobs on it. Tire rotations, tune-ups, and oil changes. Continue reading to learn how often your car, truck, or SUV needs to get an oil change and why not changing it can lead to detrimental results.

 

How Often Should You Change the Oil in Your Vehicle?

There are many things you may not know about oil changes, but routinely changing your oil is important to the lifespan of your vehicle. It's ideal to get an oil change every 5,000 to 7,500 km or twice a year.

If you put many miles on your car or even drive it daily, it is suggested that you go by mileage. You can rely on changing the oil in your vehicle every six months if you don't put in as many miles as other drivers, i.e., you work from home or are retired. 

While your vehicle may have an indicator that will tell you when you need to change your oil, it is always a good idea to check it yourself. You don't want to wait too long between oil changes. Make an appointment to get an oil change at South Pro Automotive today. 

 

What Happens If You Don't Routinely Change Your Oil?

The new oil is amber in colour. When the oil is darker in colour and gets a thicker texture, your car requires an oil change. If the oil in your vehicle becomes milky in appearance and thick in texture, there is a possibility of contamination.

Old oil turns into sludge and can be damaging to the overall health of your vehicle. It makes it so that the oil is too thick to get where it needs to go. It means that the parts within the engine don't get lubricated and cause the engine to have to work harder. Eventually, you will have to replace all of those parts, or worse. It may cause you to have to purchase a new vehicle. major engine problems or other major issues with your vehicle. Or an opportunity to go car shopping!

 

Schedule Your Next Oil Change Today!

You can preserve your car for years to come if you just take care of it. Routine maintenance is your best bet when it comes to keeping your vehicle in its best condition. If you are unsure how often you should be changing the oil in your car, you can refer to your car's manual. You can also contact the car manufacturer or your trusted mechanic.

Contact South Pro Automotive today to schedule your next oil change.