How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Checking car oil with dipstick

Drivers know that regular oil changes are critical to maintaining your vehicle’s health. Previously, most Land Rover experts would recommend that you change your oil every 3,000 miles, but thanks to incredible advances in engine technology and oil, that interval has been extended. Most Land Rover vehicles can now go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. However, it’s always best to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific instructions on oil change frequency.

What Factors Impact Oil Change Frequency?

The 7,500-10,000 miles mentioned above is only a broad guideline, and certain vehicles may need their oil changed much sooner. If any of the below situations apply to you, be sure to contact the Land Rover Willow Grove service center to see when you should bring your vehicle in for an oil change:

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

What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Car’s Oil?

A car’s engine relies on fresh, clean oil to operate. The oil lubricates the moving parts within the engine, which prevents friction and overheating. Oil also collects debris as it moves through the engine while carrying it to the oil filter. Over time, the filter and oil get filled with contaminants and require a replacement. When the oil is neglected, you will notice these red flags:

  • Check engine and/or oil change lights are illuminated
  • Knocking sound coming from the engine
  • Dark and dirty oil
  • Smoke emitting from the exhaust pipe
  • Engine overheating

More Oil Change Tips From Land Rover Willow Grove

Before stopping by our service center near Mainline, consider these oil change tips. If you have any questions, contact our service center!

  • Don’t drive that often? It’s still essential to have your oil changed at least twice a year. Oil breaks down over time, even when the car isn’t being used.
  • At the time of the oil change, make sure they replace the oil filter as well. You can visit our parts department for an oil filter if you’re doing a DIY oil change.
  • Wondering whether you should use synthetic or conventional oil? Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Synthetic oil will typically cost more, but some vehicles require it.

When Should I Check My Oil Level?

It’s recommended that you check your oil level at least once a month to catch any potential leaks in the oil system. Without clean oil, your vehicle can get damaged. Be sure to be on the lookout for any changes in the oil’s color, as well as the appearance of any metal particles in the oil. Both are signs of serious issues. If the oil is low or there’s another issue, schedule a service appointment with Land Rover Willow Grove.

Have Your Oil Change Done by the Experts at Land Rover Willow Grove

At Land Rover Willow Grove, we offer competitive prices on oil changes as well as service coupons to help you save on our popular maintenance tasks. Contact us with any questions today!

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