How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Whether you drive a compact like the Yaris or a full-size pickup like the Tundra, every car needs maintenance from time to time. The most routine type of maintenance you should treat your car to is an oil change. Getting this service regularly for your sedan, minivan, truck, or SUV is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that it keeps running longer, but how often should you change your oil?

Fortunately, there are a number of signs that you’re due or overdue for service. At Ira Toyota of Manchester, we’re proud to provide fast, easy oil changes for drivers in Amherst, Manchester, and Derry.

Oil Change Mileage Recommendations

The best way to keep your car running like clockwork is to pay attention to its mileage. The most common number you’ll hear for how often you should get an oil change is every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. However, different models with different engines may suggest you follow other, more specific, guidelines.

Your best bet is to consult your owner’s manual because it contains the recommended maintenance for your vehicle. With this, you can get an exact figure on how frequently you should change your oil.

Other Warning Signs You Need an Oil Change

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One reminder that’s tough to miss is a dashboard alert. Most cars on the road today have some type of alert, conveniently displayed on the dashboard, to let you know when it’s time to change your oil. This is usually either a Check Engine or MAINT REQD light, or an icon that looks like an oil can. Some models even have an alert that specifically says “Change Engine Oil.”

If you have an older car without these alerts or don’t want to wait for a reminder, you can check the levels yourself. Just pop the hood and locate the oil dipstick. With the engine off, pull the dipstick out and you’ll be able to check the oil level.

By checking the dipstick you’ll also be able to check the oil’s consistency and color. New oil pours easily and is a clear golden amber color. Older oil has the consistency of a thick syrup and is dark brown or black.

Since oil keeps your car’s parts running properly, by both lubricating and keeping them from overheating, you’ll sometimes be able to hear when it needs new oil. If your engine is louder than usual or making a clicking sound, an oil change should be your next step.

Schedule an Oil Change Near Me

If you live in Amherst, Manchester, or Derry and have noticed any of the signs that you need an oil change, visit Ira Toyota of Manchester or contact us to schedule a service appointment today.