How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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We’ve all heard that oil changes are important around Providence and Warwick, but how often should you change your oil really? Past guidelines recommended an oil change frequency of 3,000 miles, but we’ve come a long way since then! Now vehicles are more efficient and motor oil is more sophisticated, so it’s not uncommon to go anywhere between 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes! Let’s find out when you should schedule your next service:

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Generally speaking, the current recommendation is to get your oil changed every 7,000 to 10,000 miles – but your personal oil change frequency will depend on a number of factors. Think about what your car goes through in a typical week. Do you drive long hours from Cranston for work or do you stick to short trips around town? Do you enjoy quiet weekends or do you love taking off-road adventures? You’ll need to change your oil more frequently if you engage in the following activities:

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

Oil Change Tips and Tricks

Our service department gets a lot of inquiries about oil changes, so we assembled a quick list of our most frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your next appointment:

  • What if I don’t drive my car very much?” Even if you rarely drive, you still want to get an oil change at least twice a year to protect your vehicle. Oil breaks down over time, even if you never drive at all!
  • What else do I need during my oil change?” You’ll need to get your oil filter changed as well. We’re happy to do it at First Acura, but you can also get a filter in our parts department for home oil changes.
  • Do I need conventional or synthetic oil?” Your owner’s manual will tell you what works best for your vehicle, so be sure to follow the manufacturer guidelines.

Schedule Your Service Today

Whether you’re due for an oil change or you still have questions like how to check coolant levels, feel free to contact us at First Acura. If you’re ready for your appointment, you don’t even have to visit us in Seekonk! We offer no contact pick-up and drop off scheduling of service for your convenience, so be sure to ask about your options!

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