How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Pouring Oil Into EngineMost vehicles need an oil change somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 miles. You may have heard that you need an oil change every 3,000 miles, but those days are long gone for any Chicagoland drivers in modern cars. It's a good idea to check your owner's manual for your specific instructions about how often you should change your oil, rotate your tires, and perform other routine maintenance.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

7,000-10,000 miles is a broad range, and even if your factory recommended maintenance schedule is within that range, you may need to have your oil changed more often. If any of these circumstances apply to you, check with Patrick Hyundai in Schaumburg to see how often to change your oil:

  • Off-roading
  • Commercial use
  • Racing
  • Heavy towing

More Oil Change Tips

Before you visit our service center near Naperville, brush up with some oil change facts:

  • Even if you don't drive much, you should still try to get an oil change at least twice a year. Oil can break down over time, especially as the seasons change.
  • Whenever you have your oil changed, they should replace the oil filter, too. You can always stop by the parts department at Patrick Hyundai for an oil filter if you're doing a DIY oil change.
  • Wondering whether to use synthetic vs. conventional oil? Some cars can do either, but it's always best to check your owner's manual.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Checking your oil level once a month can help catch any potential leaks. Simply remove the dipstick and ensure that your oil is within the proper range. Some vehicles have some hash marks where the oil level should be while others have a line to mark things off. This is also a good opportunity to inspect for any grit, grime, or metal particles. None of these should be in your oil, and any could warrant a visit to the service center.

Turn to Patrick Hyundai for Oil Changes

We offer low prices on oil changes as well as regular service coupons for many of our common repair and maintenance needs. Have questions about your oil change? Don't hesitate to contact our team. And remember, the process of getting an oil change is as important to your car health as regular tire rotations and keeping an emergency kit in the trunk.

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