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How Often to Change Your Oil

The trick to keeping a vehicle maintained for many years is keeping up with its regular maintenance and repair services. And the key to that is to pay close attention to the maintenance schedule provided in your owner’s manual. This schedule will let you know when to get important services like oil changes.

But with all of the other information in that guide, finding what you need can be a bit difficult.

Importance of the Oil Change Service

motor-oilThe oil change service is arguably the most important preventative maintenance service you can get on your vehicle. This service not only ensures the longevity of your vehicle but also that it runs smoothly for years to come. In general, the oil change service includes three major parts:

  • Emptying the old oil: This takes out all of the old oil and gets rid of any buildup or gunk in the motor oil reservoir.
  • Replacing the oil filter: This takes out the old clogged-up filter that holds residue and buildup and gives you a clean one that will get the job done right.
  • Filling the reservoir with new oil: This new oil will keep your motor and engine well-lubricated to ensure that the engine doesn’t overheat.

So now that you understand the service, let’s discuss how often you should get an oil change service done.

How Often You Should Change Your Oil

There’s an old adage that you should get your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. And for older vehicles (more than five years or so), that rule probably still stands true. But with recent advances in motor oil chemistry and the advanced engineering of your engine, that rule doesn’t really holds its weight anymore.

New and certified pre-owned Honda vehicles can usually go between 5,000 and 7,500 miles (or more) between oil changes, but you’ll have to take a closer look at your vehicle to be sure of what your Honda vehicle’s ideal interval is. Equipped with a check oil light, many Honda vehicles will let you know when the oil needs to be changed.

Another way to find out is to check the oil yourself around 3,000 miles, 5,000 miles, and then every 1,000 miles or so. If the oil is still a translucent amber color, you can likely go a little longer. But if the oil gets darker, gets gritty, or is no longer translucent, then you need to get the oil changed as soon as possible.

Schedule Your Next Oil Change at Braman Honda of Palm Beach

As one of the most important parts of your vehicle maintenance, the oil change service should always be done by a highly qualified professional. Your Honda vehicle is an advanced piece of machinery and has special requirements that Honda-trained service technicians are equipped to handle.

To ensure that your vehicle lasts for years to come and maintains its high quality, bring it to the professionals at Braman Honda of Palm Beach for your regular oil change service. Our Honda-trained service technicians are experts at caring for Honda vehicles and are here to help you keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Schedule an oil change service online now at Braman Honda of Palm Beach and let us worry about your Honda vehicle service from now on.

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