How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Checking oil level on dipstick

Keeping up to date with your car’s oil change schedule will ensure that you experience a smooth and safe drive on the roads in and around Normal. So, how often should you change your oil? While the rule used to be that a car’s oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, advancements in engine and oil technology have changed the recommended oil change frequency to between 7,500 and 10,000 miles. That being said, you should check your owner’s manual to find the oil change schedule for your specific car or SUV. Learn more about when to change your oil in this handy guide from the service team at Sam Leman Mazda.



Oil Change Frequency

How often should you replace your oil? While some vehicles will have higher oil change frequency than others, it is typically recommended to replace the oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Certain types of driving can also affect how often you should change the oil. If any of the following apply to you, the certified technicians at Sam Leman Mazda can help you design an oil change schedule that will keep your vehicle running at peak performance levels on Springfield-area roads: 

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

Oil Change Tips

Knowing the recommended oil change frequency for your Mazda vehicle is key to maintaining efficient performance, efficiency, and safety on Morton roads. It can also help to extend the life of your vehicle. You certainly don’t want to deal with what happens if you don’t change your oil regularly. Here are a few oil change tips from our service team:

  • Plan on getting an oil change at least twice a year, even if you don’t drive your car every day. Engine oil will break down over time, whether your car is regularly driven or not.
  • A new oil filter should be installed whenever the oil is changed. If you plan to change the oil yourself, you can find the correct oil filter for your Mazda model in the Sam Leman Mazda Parts Center.
  • Check your owner’s manual to find out whether your Mazda uses synthetic oil or conventional oil. Synthetic oil often costs more, but it is required for some vehicles.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

Checking your oil level at least once a month will help you catch any leaks or other problems before they become more serious and costly to fix. When you check your oil level, take note of the oil’s color, and make sure that there are no metal particles in the oil. These are both signs of potentially critical issues, and you should schedule a service appointment with Sam Leman Mazda as soon as possible if you have any concerns.

Get an Professional Oil Change Today at Sam Leman Mazda 

The oil change prices at Sam Leman Mazda are always competitive, and we offer rotating service specials and coupons to help make your next oil change even more affordable. If you have any questions about your oil change frequency or would like to know more about the other maintenance services we provide, please feel free to contact our Service Center. We’re here to help you keep your Mazda running safely in top condition, so come see us today!


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