How Often Does a Car Need Oil Changes?

Mechanic performing oil change

When you take home a new Honda Pilot or Honda Civic, you want your vehicle performance to remain strong for as long as possible. One of the ways you can maintain your vehicle’s health is with routine oil changes. Many Middletown drivers are wondering, “How often should you change your oil?” With advancements in automotive technology, many new vehicles can go for as many as 7,500 to 10,000 miles between changes. However, there are a number of factors that can affect how many miles you can go between oil changes. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual has the manufacturer’s recommendation for your model. Learn more about oil change frequency with Joe Morgan Honda below.



Oil Change Frequency and Driving Habits

Even if your vehicle doesn’t see much time on Cincinnati-area roads, you should schedule an oil change at least twice a year. While how often you should get an oil change varies by vehicle, the general rule of thumb is every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. However, there are a number of factors that can affect your oil change frequency:

  • Driving and Towing Habits -If you’re frequently pushing the limit of your vehicle with activities like off-roading, racing, commercial driving, or heavy-duty towing, you’ll want to schedule more regular oil changes.
  • Traffic Conditions -Stop-and-go city traffic is often unavoidable during your Lebanon commutes and ends up putting more wear on your engine than highway driving.
  • Oil Quality – Be sure to always use the correct oil for your vehicle. While dealership oil service can be slightly more than expensive quick lube services, dealers like Joe Morgan Honda always use high-quality products and OEM parts that match your vehicle.

If you’ve just taken home a new Honda, your oil changes are covered by the Honda Service Pass. Honda Service Pass provides you with complimentary maintenance for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Oil Change Tips

If it’s time for an oil change, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Your owner’s manual indicates whether your model should use synthetic or conventional oil in your car. Vehicles using synthetic oil may have higher oil change costs, but synthetic oil tends to last longer.
  • Remember that oil breaks down, even when sitting in your garage all year. Schedule an oil change at least twice a year.
  • The oil filter should also be changed with your engine oil. If you’re performing an oil change yourself, our parts center helps you find the right filter for your Honda.

How Often Should You Check Your Oil Level?

You can check your engine oil level by pulling the oil dipstick out of your engine or checking your electronic monitoring system. You should look to see whether your oil measures at the proper level and monitor any changes in oil color and texture. Perform these checks at least once a month to identify any potential problems.

Schedule Service with Joe Morgan Honda!

Now that you know how often you should get an oil check, trust your service needs to Joe Morgan Honda. Our team of trained technicians uses high-quality oil and parts and gets you back on Monroe roads as quickly as possible. Explore more of our service tips to avoid any interruptions in your vehicle performance.


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