Do you know how often you should have your car's oil changed? While it is a relatively basic procedure, it's also vital to your vehicle's performance. That's why our team here at Rockland CDJR has provided New City, Nanuet, and Pearl River area drivers with the following information. Not only does it cover the recommended number of miles you should go between oil changes, it also provides you with other important factors and warning signs to keep in mind.

By the Numbers

The length of time your car's engine should go before needing its oil changed depends on the kind of oil it takes. For instance, if your car is older, it probably runs on conventional oil. Newer cars use synthetic oil and can be driven for a considerably longer period of time between changes. What's the difference between conventional and synthetic oil?

  • Conventional oil needs to be changed out about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or so.
  • Synthetic oil should be changed every 6,000 to 7,500 miles.   

Important Factors to Consider

It's good to remember that the above numbers are not set in stone. Exactly how long your car should go between oil changes can be significantly impacted by the following:

  • Your driving behavior
  • The conditions of the road
  • Your vehicle's age
  • Weather conditions

Because these have the potential to reduce your oil's effectiveness and cause it to age prematurely, we've provided you with the below warning signs to watch out for.

Strange Noises Coming from the Engine

Keep your ears open for uncommon engine sounds. If your oil is running low or too thin, you might notice that the engine is louder than usual. It might also start to make rumbling, banging, or clicking noises. If any of this occurs, be sure to have your car looked at as soon as possible. 

Dashboard Warning Lights

If your vehicle is equipped with oil pressure or oil level monitor lights on your dashboard, it's always a good idea to have the condition of your oil checked when one of these lights up. Additionally, the check engine light is also useful in this regard. This light can be an indication that a number of situations could be taking place inside your engine including an issue with your oil. Take your vehicle to a certified technician in order to avoid severe damage whenever this light pops on.  

The Color of the Oil

If you'd like to take a look at your engine's oil to make sure it's in good condition, remember that healthy oil takes on a light hue similar to honey or amber. Oil that is noticeably darker or has dirt in it definitely needs to be changed.  

Schedule Your Next Oil Change with Us Today

If any of the above warning signs sound familiar or you can tell by the miles on the odometer that it's about time for an oil change, contact Rockland CDJR serving New City, Nanuet, and Pearl River to set up your appointment with the service center.

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