How Often Should I Change My Oil?


Wondering how long you should wait before changing your car’s oil? How often you should change your oil is a common service concern we can help you figure out here at Barnes Crossing Kia! The fact is, changing your car’s oil often is critical to its health. Still, you might not have to change your oil as often as you might think. Service experts used to recommended oil changes every 3,000 miles, but today’s vehicles have more durable engines. That means cars can often go 7,500 or even up to 10,000 miles between oil changes. That said, it’s important to consult your owner’s manual or the experts at our service center before making an assumption about how long your vehicle can go between oil changes. 

What You Should Know About Oil Change Frequency 

Every 7,000-10,000 miles is a good estimate for how long to wait between oil changes. But it’s a guideline, and there’s a chance your car will need its oil changed sooner. Here are some circumstances that, if applicable to you, will make you need an oil change sooner. Check with us here at Barnes Crossing Kia near Saltillo to see when you should schedule your next oil change:

  • Dedicated off-roading
  • Using your vehicle for commercial purposes
  • Heavy towing tasks 
  • Drag racing or other high-wear activities 

Additional Oil Change Tips From Barnes Crossing Kia

Before taking the trip to our service center from Pontotoc or beyond, it’s wise to check out the following additional oil change tips. Still have questions? Give our service center a call at 888-693-9764.

  • Are you an infrequent driver? Chances are, you’ll still want to get your vehicle’s oil changed at least twice a year, or once every six months, since oil can break down when it’s not used, especially in certain climates. 
  • Every time you get the oil changed in your Kia, get the oil filter changed, too. You can order oil filters and other oil change parts from the Barnes Crossing Kia parts department.
  • Not sure if you should use synthetic vs. conventional oil? Check the owner’s manual of your Kia or ask us! Though synthetic oil or synthetic blends can be more expensive, your vehicle might need higher-grade oil to work optimally.

How Often Should I Check My Engine Oil Level?

Checking the level of your engine oil level at least once a month can help catch any potential oil leaks your vehicle might have. When you check your engine oil level, make sure to also look to see if there’s any change to your oil’s color, plus any metal particles in the oil, both of which could point to serious mechanical issues. If you’re low on oil or notice any other problems, schedule a service appointment with the Barnes Crossing Kia service experts today.

Turn to Barnes Crossing Kia for Oil Changes

At %%di_name, we are proud to provide low pricing on oil changes as well as a convenient service center close to your favorite hotspots in Saltillo. Have additional questions about why to choose our service center? Don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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