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How often should I change my oil?

It’s a question we hear often at our dealership in Cuero. There’s a lot of differing information out there, with good reason. How often you should change your oil depends on many factors. Conventional wisdom says that oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. That’s no longer the case. Read on to find out what factors might influence how often your oil needs to be changed.

The Car You Drive

First and foremost, consult your owner’s manual. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, the experts at Cuero Dodge’s service department can help you determine how your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends you change your oil. Some cars still require oil changes every 3,000 miles, while many cars can go 7,500 miles or more without an oil change.

Your Driving Conditions

The type of driving you do influences your need for oil changes. Relevant factors include:

  • Many short trips (less than 10 miles)
  • Dusty driving conditions
  • Extremely cold or extremely hot climates
  • High rates of speed
  • Stop and go traffic

This isn’t an exhaustive list so it’s best to talk to our service specialists about how you drive to determine if any updates need to be made to your oil change intervals.

The Type of Oil You Use

Some types of oil need fewer changes. Talk to our experts at Cuero Dodge’s service department to determine what type of oil is best for your vehicle. We’ll walk you through your options and discuss the pros and cons of each with you. Our goal is to provide you with the best oil that will keep your car on the road the longest.

If you need an oil change, schedule service today by filling out our online appointment form or calling 361-524-6013.