It used to be the case that automotive service and maintenance experts recommended changing your oil every 3,000 miles, but today, most service experts agree that vehicles can go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between regular oil changes. That said, it's a good idea to consult your vehicle's owner's manual to learn more about the oil change requirements of your particular vehicle. If you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to contact us at Kolosso CJDR!

Oil Change Frequency by Driving Activity

While many Kaukauna area drivers only take their vehicle from home to the store, or maybe to work and back daily, still other Oshkosh area adventurers prefer to use their vehicles in other ways. If you often engage in any of the following activities, then chances are you'll want to get your oil changed sooner than every 7,500 miles:

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

How Often Should I Change Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil offers many benefits compared to conventional oil, including better lubrication properties and often, less frequent required oil changes. While the recommended synthetic oil change frequency will vary based on the make and model vehicle you drive, you'll generally have to get your oil changed every 6,000 to 16,000 miles with synthetic oil.

What Happens When My Car's Oil Isn't Changed Often? 

Engine oil is extremely important to your vehicle's normal operation. It protects moving parts in your engine by providing necessary lubrication and friction-reducing properties. In this way, it helps prevent engine overheating. It also collects debris as it moves through your engine. Over time, even the oil and filter get contaminated, though. Accordingly, if you don't get your oil changed, over time, these things can happen:

  • Your check engine light comes on 
  • You experience a knocking sound coming from your engine
  • You notice dark or dirty oil 
  • You see smoke coming from your exhaust pipe
  • Your engine frequently overheats

Additional Oil Change Tips & Tricks

Still have questions about oil change frequency or other oil-change related requirements? At the Kolosso CJDR service center, we're here to help you! Here are some additional tips and tricks to abide by to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly for years to come:

  • Get your oil changed at least twice a year even if you're an infrequent driver. Why? Oil breaks down over time even when you're not using it.
  • Always get your oil filter changed when you have your oil changed. Our parts department can help you and others near Neenah with all your parts needs!
  • Not sure if you should use synthetic or conventional oil? Some vehicles require the former, so you should check your owner's manual if in doubt.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Make sure to check the oil level in your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or RAM at least once every month so you can catch any potential oil leaks. Be sure to also look for dirty or discolored oil as well as metal shavings in your oil, which can be signs of major engine issues. If in doubt about your oil level or whether or not you need an oil change now, just schedule service today!

Turn to Kolosso CJDR for Oil Changes

We offer low prices on oil changes as well as service coupons and parts specials for many of our most popular maintenance and service tasks. Get in touch with us today if you have additional questions or for service tips like how to get mold out of your car