How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed?
Regular service is crucial to maintaining the value of your Lexus. Although a good amount of benchmarks and numbers exist telling you when you should have certain services performed on your car, particularly when you should have your oil changed. Especially since synthetic oil has been introduced to the market, the premise of how often you should have your oil changed.
Getting your oil changed is one of the easiest yet most essential types of service you can have done on your vehicle. But, how often does it actually have to be changed? Before you schedule your service, we’re here to answer that question for you.
3,000 Miles: Fact or Fiction?
Getting your oil changed at 3,000 miles used to be the norm. However, today mechanics everywhere are saying that your vehicle can go for longer periods without an oil change. The reason for this is that both engine and oil technology have since improved. The new endorsed mileage is closer to 7,500, although older models should still stick to a more regular oil changes, like at 5,000 miles. Six months is a good general time frame if you’re driving a long commute every day or go on a lot of road trips. You can also have your car inspected for other services it may need when you go for your oil change.
How Do You Drive?
Experts also report that the way you drive and the climate in which you live can also affect how often you should get your oil changed. A person who lives in a city may need to have their oil changed more frequently because the recurring starting and stopping as well as driving shorter distances works the engine hard without giving the oil a chance to warm up enough to work at full capacity. Colder climates also lead to poor oil-functionality for the same reason.
Check Your Owner’s Manual
At the end of the day, the best advice we can give you is: trust your manufacturer’s judgment. Nobody knows your car better than the ones who designed and built it. Refer to your owner’s manual to figure out when your particular model should have its oil changed, along with other routine services.
These are primarily general guidelines to give you a better idea about scheduling. Ultimately, the best source to consult would be a mechanic specializing in your car’s manufacturer. No two cars are alike, so an expert opinion is always the best option.
Interested in getting your vehicle’s oil changed or having another routine service performed? Our service technicians are happy to serve you, so call us at 888-446-6010 or visit us at Lexus of Mobile at 3024 Government Blvd., Mobile, AL 36606. We look forward to serving customers from Gulf Coast, Daphne and Spanish Fort.