How Often Should You Change Your Oil?


To keep up with preventative car maintenance, it’s important to change the engine oil regularly. The old rule of thumb for oil change frequency was every 3,000 miles, however, advances in oil and engine technology have changed that mileage. Nowadays, many vehicles can last between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. Of course, these are just guidelines; you should check your owner’s manual for more detailed information on how often you should change your oil and the type of oil to use.

Oil Change Frequency: What to Keep in Mind

It’s important to note that 7,000 to 10,000 miles is a broad guideline. You may need to change your car’s oil sooner, depending on the type of car you drive and how you use it. If you use your vehicle for any of the following, the certified service professionals at Bentley Austin can help you decide what your car’s oil change frequency should be:

  • Off-roading
  • Business
  • Motorsports
  • Frequent heavy-duty towing

Additional Oil Change Tips

Before visiting the service department at Bentley Austin, get a few more facts about oil changes!

  • Don’t drive your car often? You’ll still need to change the motor oil at least twice a year. Oil breaks down over time, whether you drive your car every day or not.
  • Oil changes usually include an oil filter change. The parts department at Bentley Austin carries oil filters and other parts made specifically for Bentley vehicles, so you can feel confident you’re getting the highest quality part possible.
  • Should you use synthetic vs. conventional oil for your vehicle? Check your owner’s manual or ask one of our technicians. Synthetic oil is usually more expensive, but some cars require it.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

It’s a good idea to check your car’s oil level at least once a month. This is a good way to spot potential leaks, which if left unchecked, could lead to serious engine damage. After all, without the proper amount of clean, fresh oil, your car is bound to start overheating right away.  Be sure to examine the oil’s color and look for any floating metal particles. If the oil is dark brown or black, it’s time for a change — this means the oil has absorbed too many impurities and/or moisture. If you’re low on oil or notice another issue, schedule a service appointment today!

Rely on Bentley Austin for Expert Oil Service

To summarize: How often should you change your oil? Generally, every 7,500 and 10,000 miles, but it varies depending on car type and driving habits. If you have questions about oil change frequency, oil change cost, or our service specials, contact us at Bentley Austin or visit us near San Antonio and Dallas. We can also answer any questions you may have about other services for your Bentley, such as tire rotation, brake fluid checks, or how to jump start a dead battery.

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