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How Often Should I Change My Oil?

For generations of drivers, the Keyes Cars name is one to trust for Los Angeles car deals from a variety of popular makes, including Audi, Hyundai, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz, and an even more diverse selection of affordable used cars. But we’ve earned that trust in other ways as well, including the service departments at each Keyes dealership. If you need anything from an oil change to car parts, we’re close at hand — and happy to help.

Changing Your Oil

Why you should change your oil:

  • Motor oil lubricates and cools your engine, helping guard against serious problems.

Engine parts wear out. It’s inevitable when things are moving at thousands of RPM, with a lot of attendant friction. Your motor oil keeps your engine operating at peak performance by lubricating and cooling all of those moving parts.

But just like your engine components, even your motor oil wears out. Over time, it doesn’t just stop lubricating; it can become sticky, adding friction instead of solving it. That can increase engine wear, and increase the chance of failure or overheating.

Each car is different, and your owner’s manual will have suggested service intervals for your motor oil just like it does for brakes, tires, and other key auto parts (some vehicles, like new Porsche cars, have other suggested service intervals). However, as a rule of thumb, you should be changing your oil every three to five thousand miles, or every three months.

What Happens if You Don’t Change Your Oil?

If you think your daily drive is hard on your nerves, just imagine what it’s doing to your car. Under normal circumstances, your motor oil takes some of the load off your engine because it prevents overheating. Even if the worst doesn’t happen, you’re still going to feel some pain; your engine has to work harder with older oil, and that, in turn, leads to lower fuel economy and more trips to the pump. It’s even worse if you’re frequently stuck in traffic (which happens quite a bit around here, let’s face it).

Don’t let cost scare you off. An oil change at a Keyes car dealership in Los Angeles costs very little — and costs less still if you keep an eye out for your Keyes Cars dealership’s frequent parts and service specials. The cars we sell are backed by great warranties, they’re well-built, and each dealership’s service department is staffed by expert technicians who know how to help you get the most out of your car. Help us to help you. Bring your vehicle in for an oil change and routine maintenance today!

Dangers of not changing your oil:

  • Lower gas mileage
  • Premature engine wear
  • Possible engine failure