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How Often Should You Change Your Engine Oil?

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Oil Change Interval

When you own a vehicle, you are responsible for taking care of all its maintenance and automotive services in order to keep it running and performing the way it should. When you take care of your vehicle’s service and maintenance requirements, you’ll have a car, truck or SUV you can depend on. One of the most important automotive services you can give to your vehicle is an oil change. Most drivers know their vehicle needs an oil change, but all know how often it should be performed. Keep reading to learn more about oil change frequencies and intervals and how often you should change your engine oil.

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When Should I Change My Engine Oil?

If you own a new or used vehicle that is less than ten years old, the old rule of getting an oil change every 5,000 kilometres does not apply to your vehicle anymore. With innovative improvements in oil chemistry, fuel systems and engines, newer vehicles and their modern engines can now be driven between 8,000 and 16,000 kilometres before needing their engine oil changed. Your vehicle’s oil change interval can vary based on many factors, including your driving habits, weather and driving conditions.

The best way to determine how often you should change your engine oil is to check its owner’s manual. In the owner’s manual, you’ll find the information you need to learn more about its recommended oil change interval as well as the type of engine oil your vehicle requires. Once you learn more about how often your engine oil needs to be changed and what type of engine oil your vehicle needs, the next step is to track when you get them and how many kilometres you’ve driven between oil changes, so you can remember for the next time.

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How Many Months Can I Drive Before I Need an Engine Oil?

Depending on your vehicle, the interval of getting an oil change can range anywhere from six to twelve months. We suggest you don’t wait too long or push the limits. As your engine oil degrades and gets old, its quality and its ability to protect vital engine parts drop significantly.

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If your vehicle is in need of an oil change in Hamilton, ON, please consider visiting or contacting Parkway Nissan of Stoney Creek to have one of our professional service technicians fill your vehicle with new and fresh oil. Parkway Nissan also offers a long list of other automotive services and Nissan Express services that will have you in and out in no time. We look forward to helping your vehicle stay in road-worth shape.

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