How often do you need to have your oil changed? Many of us grew up thinking oil changes need to happen every 3,000 miles. For many years, that was true. Now, that’s not always the case. While cars are being built to need oil changes less often, it’s extremely important maintenance that can prolong the life of your car. Nothing will wear down your engine life faster than missed oil changes. Know when your new or used car, truck, or SUV needs them.
The owner’s manual of your vehicle should tell you how often you need oil changes. If you’ve misplaced your owner’s manual, contact Mazda Direct’s service department, and we’ll be happy to help you figure it out. Quick lube shops my recommend more frequent oil changes than you need. While additional oil changes won’t harm your car, who wants to spend the extra money?
Once you know how often your oil should be changed, stick to a schedule. It’s the single best thing you can do as a responsible car owner. Over time, oil gathers contaminants that cause friction when engine parts rub together. This wears your engine down quickly, and the damage is irreversible without a costly repair. Don’t wait for your oil light to come on! If you’re due for an oil change or if you're planning a long trip, it's a good idea to get your oil checked.