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How Often to Get an Oil Change

Car oil changeHere at Faulkner Auto Center, one of the biggest questions our service teams receive is, “How often to get an oil change?” While this depends on your vehicle’s model and mileage, a good rule of thumb is to change your vehicle’s oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.

Regularly changing your vehicle’s oil is one of the easiest ways to extend its lifespan and maintain top performance. From improved fuel economy to reduced emissions, a clean engine is a happy and well-running engine.

To learn a few tips and tricks to keeping your engine healthy, check out our brief guide and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Why Do I Need an Oil Change Every 5,000 to 10,000 Miles?

Oil ChangeYour engine is the beating heart of your vehicle, and in many ways, motor oil serves as its lifeblood. Not only does oil lubricate the thousands of intricate metal parts, it also clears away moisture, dirt, and other dangerous particles.

Essentially, without motor oil, your engine would quickly start to overheat and break down.

Over time, the oil inside your engine loses viscosity. You’ll start to notice its natural amber color will slowly transform into a dark black hue. If not replaced, your engine’s oil will start to thicken, causing several issues––including weak acceleration, poor fuel economy, and even engine seizure.

Fortunately, by maintaining a regular maintenance schedule, you can easily avoid these potential issues while enjoying reliable performance.

How Do I Know I’m Due for an Oil Change?

Change engine oil signLife gets busy. We know that between work, family, and an active social life, its easy to let things like oil changes fall off your radar. That’s why each of our service centers are staffed by a team of pros who are ready to create a plan for you!

Not only can they create a calendar tailored to your specific vehicle’s needs, we’ll send you a reminder as you approach a new service milestone.

Of course, the best way to keep your vehicle in peak condition is to check your oil every couple of months, which you can easily do from home, using a shop rag or paper towel.

Find a level spot to park your vehicle. For best results, try not to inspect your oil after a long drive, as your oil’s viscosity might be affected.

Pull the dip stick from the engine, taking note of the oil’s color and scent. Clean oil should be translucent and odorless. Wipe the dipstick and return it to its holster. Remove the stick again, and this time, inspect its oil level.

How Long Does an Oil Change Take?

Mechanics working on carWe appreciate the role your vehicle plays in your day-to-day life. That’s why our service team will do everything they can to make your experience swift and successful. Fortunately, in most cases, a routine oil change is relatively quick and simple.

To schedule an appointment, you’re welcome to call or contact us online. Once your request is submitted, one of our reps will be in touch to confirm your date and answer any questions you have.

If you’re really short on time, stop by during service hours and we’ll get your vehicle into one of our bays as soon as possible.

Schedule an Oil Change Today

At Faulkner Auto Group, we’re here to help you enjoy your car, truck, or SUV for many years to come.

If you live in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Trevose region, visit one of our convenient locations or go online to schedule an appointment.