How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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As often as you wash your car, you should check your oil at home. Historically, vehicle oil changes were usually performed every 3,000 miles which helped avoid major engine problems, but with the advancement in engine technology in today’s cars, trucks, and SUVs, it’s now standard procedure in Kansas City to establish oil change frequency every 7,500 miles, and in some cases, as high as 10,000 miles between changes.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Be sure to check your owner’s manual for details on exactly how often you should change your oil, particularly if you drive a performance car or if you participate in:

  • Towing services
  • Off-road driving
  • Taxi/rental/commercial use
  • Race track days

In fact, for Independence vehicles driven more than the average annual mileage, you should adjust your oil change frequency accordingly. For details, call our service department and they’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

More Oil Change Tips

There are some hard and fast rules that you should follow when you are considering oil change frequency:

  • Oil tends to degrade over time and loses its viscosity so even if you don’t put a ton of miles on your vehicle, you should still change your oil twice per year.
  • If you decide to change engine oil yourself, always replace the oil filter too. Schedule your oil change with us and your service specialist will automatically make sure the filter is changed too.
  • There are typically two types of engine oil used today: conventional and synthetic. NEVER mix the two and refer to your owner’s manual to see which oil is recommended for your vehicle.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

To help avoid major engine problems occurring down the line, you should be checking your engine oil level once a month, and with older, used vehicles, every couple of weeks. Take note of any visual changes to the oil such as a darkening of the color, a tarry appearance, or even milky bubbles appearing on the dipstick. If you observe any of the conditions, call us right away.

Contact Cable Dahmer Kia of Lee's Summit for Your Next Oil Change

If you’re still wondering,”how often should you change your oil?”, feel free to contact our service department who will answer any questions about oil change frequency. They have all of the specifications on hand and can advise on all matters relating to your vehicle’s performance.


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