When to Get an Oil Change

One of the most common questions we get here at Jiffy Lube is “when should I get my oil changed?” It’s a valid question and one that can have a big impact on your car’s longevity. The answer isn’t as simple as you might think, though, so let’s take a closer look.

How Often to Change Your Oil

Most carmakers recommend an oil change between 7,500 and 10,000 miles, although this varies depending on the type of engine oil, the age and make of your vehicle, and your driving habits. People who drive mostly short distances or in stop-and-go traffic should change their oil more frequently than those who drive primarily on highways.

Not sure when your last oil change was? Check your car’s owner’s manual or maintenance log. You can also take a look at the sticker inside your driver’s side doorjamb; many automakers put a sticker there with the date of the last oil change.

Signs You Need an Oil Change

Even if it’s been less than 7,500 miles since your last oil change, you might need another one if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Your engine is making strange noises (knocking, ticking, or clicking)
  • You see dark black or gritty brown oil on the dipstick when you check it
  • Your “Check Engine” light is on or flashing

If you’re unsure whether or not you need an oil change, our experts can help. We can also help you choose the right type of motor oil for your vehicle.

Your car’s engine needs clean oil to run properly and efficiently. When it comes time for an oil change, how often you need one will depend on several factors including the type of engine oil used, the age and make of your vehicle, and your driving habits. Keep an eye out for common signs that you need an oil change such as strange engine noises or dark black/gritty brown oil on the dipstick. If you’re unsure whether or not it’s time for an oil change, our experts can help.

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