How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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The best way to ensure that your car, truck or SUV runs smoothly at peak performance levels on White City roads is to keep up with the recommended oil change frequency. How often should you change your oil? A good rule of thumb is to plan on getting an oil change every 16,000 kilometres, but you should check your owner’s manual to find the oil change schedule for your specific vehicle. Learn more about oil changes from the experts in the Capital GMC Buick Service Centre.

Oil Change Frequency

It used to be that a vehicle required an oil change every 5,000 kilometres, but with advancements in engine and oil technology, it’s not uncommon for a new vehicle to be driven 12,000 kilometres to 16,000 kilometres before needing an oil change. Your owner’s manual will have the exact oil change interval for your specific model. Be aware that certain types of driving will alter your oil change frequency. If any of the following apply to you, contact our service team to find out how often you’ll need to change the oil:

  • Off-road driving
  • Commercial use
  • Heavy towing
  • Racing

Oil Change Tips

Newer vehicles come equipped with an oil level indicator light that will alert you when you are low on oil, but it is a good idea not to rely on the light alone. Knowing when and how often your car needs an oil change will help to keep your vehicle performing as it should, while improving efficiency and safety on the Lumsden roads. Adhering to the recommended oil change frequency and maintenance schedule for your vehicle will also help you avoid getting hit with a hefty repair bill due. Since oil viscosity breaks down over time, whether your vehicle is being driven or not, you should plan on getting an oil change at least twice a year. Take note of the following oil change tips:

  • Whenever the oil is changed, make sure that the oil filter is replaced at the same time. If you are planning on changing the oil in your car yourself, stop by our Parts Centre to pick up the right oil filter for your vehicle.
  • Some new vehicles require synthetic oil, so check your owner’s manual to find out whether synthetic oil or conventional oil is recommended for your car. Synthetic oil costs more, but it is required in some models.

As part of the oil change service at the Capital GMC Buick, our certified service technicians will inspect the chassis, check all vehicle fluid levels, update technical software, and more. A vehicle inspection can catch any potential issues before they become more serious and more costly to repair.

You Can Count on the Auto Care Experts at Capital GMC Buick

Is your vehicle due for an oil change? Schedule an appointment online with Capital GMC Buick. We’ll get you safely back on Moose Jaw-area roads with as little downtime as possible. Whether you need an oil change, brake repair, or an alternator replacement, you can count on us to get the job done right. We can also offer service tips on everything from how to rotate tires to how to fix dents and scratches. Make sure you take advantage of our rotating service specials and oil change coupons to save on your next vehicle maintenance service. Put our service team to work for you today!


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