How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Models built before the mid-2000s often need oil changes every 4,500 miles, but more recent models have much more efficient oil change frequencies. In fact, Sarasota drivers can expect newer Chevy models to last anywhere from 7,500 to 10,000 miles on conventional oil alone. Of course, there’s a lot of room for variation, depending upon the condition of your vehicle, where you drive it, and how you drive it. To get an accurate idea of how often you should change your oil, first consult your owner’s manual, and then read our guide for all the factors that can affect your oil change schedule. If you think you’re up for an oil change in Bradenton, explore the Cox Chevrolet service specials and get in touch with our garage

Recommended Oil Change Frequency

While Tampa drivers can likely get between 7,000 and 10,000 miles out of an oil change, how often you should change your oil can depend upon a number of factors. The most important thing to consider is whether you use your vehicle in any unconventional ways. If you regularly go off-roading, use your vehicle commercially, race, or tow heavy loads, expect to change your oil more frequently. 

Oil Change Frequency Information

Here are some other considerations to keep in mind when preparing for your next oil change: 

  • If you drive a high-performance vehicle, it’s possible that your car requires synthetic oil. You’ll need to check your owner’s manual for specifics. One thing to note is that synthetic oil lasts much longer but is more expensive. 
  • If your car isn’t driven regularly, note that oil can decay from disuse. Make sure to change your oil twice a year, even if your car is usually sitting in a garage. 
  • Change your oil filter whenever you change your oil. 

How Often Should You Check Your Oil Level?

While you likely don’t need to change your oil this often, you should check your oil every month. This way you can detect anomalies, like discoloration or clotting in the consistency of your oil. Both of these issues could indicate serious engine problems, in which case, you need to take your vehicle in asap. 

Need an Oil Change? 

Now that you have a better idea of what your vehicle’s oil change frequency is, if you feel like you’re due for an oil replacement near Palmetto, or you have further questions about how often you should change your oil, call us at 941-251-0310. If you have other questions related to car care, don’t forget to explore our service tips and tricks for information about how to jumpstart a car and more! 

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