How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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One of the most common questions we get in our garage from San Diego and El Cajon drivers is, “How often should you change your oil?” The general rule of thumb was traditionally that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles, however, innovations have increased that mean figure to between 7,500 and 10,000 miles. That said, we always advise you to consult your vehicle’s owners manual for facts on your car’s required oil change frequency. If you feel you’re due for an oil change in El Cajon, don’t hesitate to reach out to the service center at Lexus El Cajon. If you have further questions, consult our library of service tips

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

As previously mentioned, San Diego drivers should change their oil every 7,000-10,000 miles, unless their owner’s manual specifies otherwise, or their vehicle is older, in which case, you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. 

If you regularly use your vehicle for any of the below purposes, the answer to the question “how often should you change your oil?” can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. We recommend you just bring your vehicle into our garage in El Cajon so our mechanics can take a look and give you a proper oil change frequency schedule. 

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

What Happens When Your Car’s Oil Isn’t Changed? 

In order to operate efficiently, your engine must be properly lubricated with relatively fresh oil. After all, your engine consists of hundreds of moving parts, all of which depend upon one another. As you can imagine, having those parts lubricated so they can transfer power smoothly is important. When you don’t regularly change your oil, those parts get more friction and wear each other down, which will inevitably result in overheating and finally, catastrophic engine failure. Here are a few signs that Chula Vista drivers are due for an oil change: 

  • Check engine and/or oil change lights are illuminated 
  • Knocking sound coming from the engine
  • Dark and dirty oil 
  • Smoke emitting from the exhaust pipe 
  • Engine overheating

Turn to Lexus El Cajon for Oil Changes

Now that we’ve answered your question, “how often should I get my oil changed?”, we encourage you to reach out to our service department for a fast and affordable diagnostic and oil change. While you’re here, be sure to check out our service specials to see if you can save.

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