How Often Should Your Change Your Oil?

If you have synthetic oil, you should have your oil changed every 10,000 miles. For conventional, you should get your oil change every 5,000 miles. If you’re still not sure, consult your owners manual.

If you drive a BMW or any other vehicle, you’ve probably noticed a dashboard light shaped like an oil can that glows when you need an oil change. It’s a good safety net, but ideally you don’t want to wait until your indicator lights go on to schedule service. So exactly how often should you change your oil?
Our team at BMW of Atlantic City has compiled this guide to oil changes for drivers near Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, and Vineland for your convenience. Read it to shed some light on proper oil change intervals.

Your Oil Change Interval

Signs You Need an Oil Change

For drivers of BMW vehicles, 10,000 miles or 12 months is the recommended point at which to have your engine oil and oil filter changed. However, many manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 5,000 miles or 6 months (whichever comes first). Depending on the car you drive, how often you should change your oil may be different.

That’s why it’s vital to check the owner’s manual or maintenance guide for your specific make and model, which can usually be found online. Following your manufacturer-recommended routine service schedule is the best way to keep your engine and other vehicle systems running at their best.

Oil Changes in Extreme Operating Conditions

Why is My Car Leaking Oil

Vehicles often have slightly different servicing schedules for vehicles operating under extreme conditions and that can include oil changes. You may be wondering exactly what extreme operating conditions are. It’s really a catchall term and may include anything from frequent driving in stop-and-go traffic to hauling heavy loads.

On older vehicles, this may necessitate changing oil every 1,000 to 3,000 miles, but drivers of newer cars should closely follow their manufacturer’s recommendations for extreme use. Your owner’s guide should precisely detail the driving conditions, if any, that would require more frequent oil changes.

Why Are Oil Changes Important?

Service Techs

Oil lubricates the moving metal parts in your engine and keeps them from grinding against each other when the engine is running. This helps to decrease the heat generated by friction and therefore keeps systems from overheating and causing potentially irreparable damage to your engine.

Longtime drivers will attest to the fact that keeping up with routine maintenance makes you safer behind the wheel and reduces repair costs in the long run. Changing your oil and filter periodically is much more economical than shouldering the costs of complex engine repair or replacement work.

Schedule Your Oil Change at Our Service Center

So how often should you change your oil? As we’ve seen, the answer can seem a bit complicated, but you can always consult your owner’s manual or an experienced auto technician for the best schedule to follow. The next time you think you need a BMW oil change, feel free to schedule service at BMW of Atlantic City!

Our factory-trained service team can perform oil changes on any car that comes into our shop. Be sure to check out our service specials to see how you can save, and we’ll have your car ready for the roads of Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic City, and Vineland in no time!

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