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When and why should my vehicle’s oil be changed?

You know the oil should be changed, and you may even have the exact date or mileage that the mechanic recommends you bring your vehicle in. But when and why does your car actually need an oil change? What happens if you miss one? We are here to find out.

oil change with red funnelHow often do I need to check the oil?

You’ll need to change the oil every 5,000-10,000 miles. You can see the specifics in the owner’s manual in your car, specified to the make and model of your vehicle.

If you know that your car has an oil leak, then it’s a good idea to check it fairly often, especially before and after a longer drive. However, if your car doesn’t have an oil leak, then you can probably get away with not doing it as often. Still, you should check your oil at least once in between each oil change. If the oil is below the minimum marker, then you’ll need to top it off.

Of course, if the check oil light comes on, that’s definitely an indication that there is something wrong, and you should get your car in for an oil change and maintenance as soon as you can.

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What happens if I don’t change my oil?

If you do not change your oil, or let your oil run out in your vehicle, can prove to be disastrous for you and your vehicle. If you let the oil run out, it can kill your engine. So, in order to help prevent this, you can stay alert to when the oil needs changing, and doing so when needed.

Have any questions? Feel free to contact us here at Dan Cava Auto World. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to check out our blog, as well, where you can find some great tips and tricks to help you take care of your vehicle.