How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Changing Oil

Engine oil is crucial to keep your vehicle running smoothly, so it’s important you change it out every 5,000 miles. Our team at Walker Jones Nissan wants to make sure you’re taking proper care of your ride, so we’ll walk you through the major signs your car needs an oil change as well as how synthetic oil can benefit you.

If our friends from Douglas, Vidalia, Tifton, Jesup, and Waycross, GA, have any questions along the way, schedule a service appointment.

Pouring Oil

When Should You Change Your Oil?

Every vehicle is different, but generally, you should change your vehicle’s oil every 5,000 miles or six months. For the most accurate mileage suggestion, though, consult your owner’s manual. In the auto service section, you’ll find the services your car will need at certain mileage markers.

Additionally, utilizing synthetic engine oil can help you go longer between oil changes. Since synthetic oil can be specifically crafted with more uniform molecules to resist friction, this type of oil typically needs to be changed every 10,000 miles or every year.

Signs You Need an Oil Change

In addition to paying attention to your odometer, the following are some key signs your car is ready for fresh, new oil:

  1. Unusual Engine Noises
Dark Oil Pouring

Since motor oil helps maintain the proper clearance level between moving parts in your engine, you may hear unpleasant grinding noises if your oil level is running low. Schedule a service appointment right away to help prevent any damage to key components.

  1. Dirty Oil

Every month you should pop open the hood of your car and inspect your engine. Make sure to take a look at your oil level using the provided dipstick.If you need assistance, consult your owner’s manual.

During this inspection, you not only want to check the oil level, but you also want to look at the color of the oil. Healthy oil should be a translucent, amber color with minimal contaminants, so if your oil is darker, it’s time for an oil change.

  1. Strong Oil Scent

If you have an oil leak, then you may notice an unpleasant oil odor in the cabin of your car. Check under your vehicle for dripping oil and bring in your car right away to your local service center.

Dark Exhaust Smoke

  1. Exhaust Smoke

Your vehicle’s exhaust smoke should be colorless, so if you notice a dark trail of smoke behind your car, this is a sign your oil is old and needs to be refreshed.

  1. Poor Gas Mileage

If your oil level is old, your engine may work harder than it has to in order to compensate. If you notice you’ve been running to the gas station more often, get your oil level inspected.

Always pay attention to your vehicle and take note of anything out of the ordinary. If you have any questions, reach out to your local service center so they can take a look at your engine.

Schedule an Oil Change Today!

If you need an oil change, make an appointment at Walker Jones Nissan today! We look forward to getting you back to the streets of Douglas, Vidalia, Tifton, Jesup, and Waycross, Georgia!

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