How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil
You want to keep your Volkswagen running optimally on Monroeville roads and so do we! One of the simplest ways to ensure your vehicle’s health is to know how often should you change your oil. While the oil change frequency varies depending on how you use your vehicle and a few other factors, the recommended range for most modern vehicles is about 7,500-10,000 miles. Read on below to learn more.

Why is Oil Change Frequency Important?

Most people know routine oil changes are simply a part of being a responsible driver, but do you know why? Oil lubricates your engine’s internal mechanisms all the while absorbing heat produced by the mechanical friction. Without healthy oil, your engine is in danger of overheating and thus damage to its essential parts. So— knowing how often should you change your oil is vital!

Proper Oil Change Frequency

While you may have heard every 3,000 or 5,000 miles as the range for oil change frequency, innovations to modern engines and synthetic oils alike have extended that interval to about 7,500-10,000 miles. However, that range applies to those who use their vehicle for daily drives like commuting and errands across Vineland. If you demand more from your vehicle, your oil change frequency will need to be increased. These other use-cases include:

  • Off-roading
  • Racing
  • Commercial purposes
  • Heavy towing and trailering

Other Oil Change Tips

You can certainly perform an oil change at home in your Millville driveway or bring your beloved VW into our service center for quick servicing. Either way, here are a few other oil change tips:

  • Change your oil at least twice a year, even if you don’t drive much. Oil deteriorates with time.
  • If you change your oil at home, it’s best practice to change the oil filter each time as well.
  • Visually inspect your oil. Pop the hood every-so-often and check the dipstick for overall health: color, viscosity, etc.
  • Your owner’s manual will specify the exact type of oil you should use.

Get More Service Tips from Volkswagen of Salem County

We are always here as a resource to Washington Township area drivers when it comes to vehicle health. If you found this guide to how often should you change your oil to be helpful, browse our archive of other service tips and tricks. Due for an oil change? Schedule your service online today!

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