By now, you know why oil changes are essential and what kinds of oil there are to choose from. But there’s another piece of the oil change puzzle to consider—when you will need oil changes. While no one wants to get another oil change ahead of schedule, putting this task off for too long could wreak havoc on your car.
To determine the best oil change schedule for your vehicle, start by checking its user manual. There’s a good chance that your manufacturer recommends getting oil changes every 5,000–7,000 miles, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Instead, it’s a good idea to use this as a starting point. Then, consider whether or not your driving habits include:
- Regularly towing/hauling heavy loads
- Driving in high temperatures
- Regular short trips
- High-mileage travels
Any of these factors can put extra strain on your vehicle—and, by extension, your motor oil. Because of that, there’s a good chance that your oil change schedule should be closer to 3,000–5,000 miles instead. Whenever you need oil changes, you can count on the certified technicians at Parra Car Care to get them done!