Maintenance 101: When to Change Motor Oil

when to change motor oilKnowing when to change motor oil in your car can have a big impact on how long your engine holds up. Dirty engine oil with built-up particles corrodes the motor, so it’s important to know how to recognize it and when to change motor oil to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Years ago, before cars had advanced as much as they have today, the rule of thumb was to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. But this isn’t the case anymore—many new vehicles can go as many as 10 or 15,000 miles before an oil change is needed, and it varies from vehicle to vehicle. The best way to know is to check your owner’s manual or ask your car dealer.

You should still check your oil fairly regularly, though. It’s not hard to tell if the oil needs changed—just look at the color. Good, clean oil is honey-colored and won’t have any particles in it. If it’s black and it feels grainy when you rub it, get your oil changed ASAP. And if it’s in between—sort of brown but not grainy—you’ll want to get your oil changed soon, but it’s not an emergency.

Head into Linus if it’s time to get your oil changed!