How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Over time, engine oil becomes contaminated and needs to be replaced. So, how often should you change your oil to keep up with your car’s recommended maintenance schedule? Most newer vehicles require an oil change every 7,500 to 10,000 miles, while older vehicles may need new oil after 3,000 miles. No matter what kind of car you drive, oil changes are inexpensive and take less than an hour at our certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service center.



Read the guide below for details about how often to schedule oil change service for your vehicle, and be sure to direct any further car-care questions to our team!

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

The ideal oil change frequency for your car will vary depending on several factors. First, check your owner’s manual to see whether your car runs at its best with conventional oil, synthetic oil, or a synthetic blend. Older vehicles may benefit from high-mileage oil, which may also impact oil change frequency. 

Your driving habits or the terrain in Hood River may also cause engine oil to get dirty more quickly. You may need more frequent oil changes if you use your vehicle for:

  • Racing
  • Off-roading
  • Commercial purposes
  • Heavy towing and hauling

More Oil Change Tips From C. H. Urness Motors Co. 

  • Synthetic oil and synthetic oil blends cost more than conventional motor oil, but their higher viscosity offers better protection against engine overheating. You can also expect synthetic to last quite a bit longer.
  • If the “check oil” dash light is still on after an oil change, you may need to reset it. Our team can help you to take care of this issue in a few minutes!
  • Even if you aren’t driving your vehicle, it’s important to stick to your recommended oil change schedule. Oil breaks down even when a car isn’t being driven.
  • If you’re changing oil yourself, remember to replace the oil filter. We stock replacement filters and other supplies here at our parts center near Goldendale, WA.

Schedule Professional Oil Change Service in The Dalles 

If you have questions about DIY car-care and jey Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram maintenance, we’re here to help! Contact our service department or stop by our certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership, just a short drive from Portland.

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