How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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To keep your new, used, and certified pre-owned Kia running strong for years to come on Oakville and Mehlville roads, you may be wondering, “How often should you change your oil?” While many mechanics and service experts will tell you to change your oil every 3,000 miles, new automotive technology and performance features enable vehicles to go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. Learn more about oil change frequency from the service team at Suntrup Kia South.

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Drivers can always use the 7,500-10,000 mile suggested range to change their oil, but if you use your vehicle more frequently for work, travel, or commuting, then you may need to bring it in earlier. If you use your vehicle in any of the following situations, you may want to have your oil changed earlier than what’s typically recommended:

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

More Oil Change Tips

You should not only know how often you should change your oil, but also keep these additional oil change tips in mind to help you get the most out of your next visit to the service center at Suntrup Kia South:

  • Even if you don’t drive your car much, you’ll still want to get an oil change at least twice a year. Oil breaks down over time even if your car isn’t being used.
  • Whenever you get your oil changed, they should replace the oil filter as well. You can always stop by your local dealership for an oil filter if you’re doing a DIY oil change.
  • Wondering whether to use synthetic vs. conventional oil? Check your owner’s manual! Synthetic oil can cost more, but some vehicles require it.
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How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

You should also get into the habit of checking your oil for any leaks in the oil system, oil discoloration, and any metal particles in the oil. Just like failing to change your oil or even other services like rotating your tires, checking your oil levels will ensure that catch any problems before they become more serious and expensive.

Find More Quality Kia Service from Suntrup Kia South

After learning more about how often you should change your oil, turn to the Suntrup Kia South service team for more quality Kia maintenance tips and tricks. And, save when you take advantage of our service and parts specials to help you save even more with the maintenance you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment near Fenton and Arnold, or learn about the Kia Optima maintenance schedule online! Curious about fuel efficiency? Discover if your car’s AC uses gas with Suntrup Kia South.


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