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How Often Should I Have My Oil Changed?

How frequently should your car oil be changed? This is a common question that many Topeka Honda owners ask. Though there is no definite answer to this question, it's important to note that the distance you travel without changing your car oil affects your maintenance costs. Below are some of the factors that determine the frequency of changing a car's oil:

  • Manufacturer Recommendation from Owner's Manual
  • How many miles you drive and how often
  • Driving conditions such as idling, excessive traffic, towing, and outside temperature

Whether you need to order the parts to change the oil yourself or contact us for assistance, you will need to check your vehicle's manufacturer recommendations about oil changes. The manufacturer has done extensive research to determine how well your car performs on the road. Through these findings, the manufacturer has come up with some maintenance guidelines including oil changing routines. The manufacturer might recommend you use your car's mileage interval, oil viscosity, and time interval when determining an oil changing routine.

If you take the time to read your Honda car manual, you will probably get a guide that tells you how often your car's oil should be changed. Your car's manual may also come with notes on how to use a different weight of oil in respect to weather conditions. Many vehicle dealers and mechanics in Lawrence and Manhattan suggest that oil should be changed after every 3,000 miles. Most Topeka drivers operate their cars under severe conditions including excessive idling, frequent driving in excessive traffic, frequent towing, frequent driving in very low temperatures, and regular trips of less than 5 miles.

While it is agreed that Emporia and Salina drivers experience some of these conditions on a regular basis, it does not mean that a 3,000-mile interval of oil changing automatically applies. The manufacturer's recommendation for today's vehicles ranges from 3,000 miles to 20,000 miles. You will need to follow the recommendation from your vehicle's manufacturer unless your car is fitted with an oil-life monitor.

Another way to determine how often to change your oil and filter is by hiring an independent analyst to test the oil before making any decision to change it. A reliable analyst will tell you how much life your car oil has left with and whether your engine is experiencing problems. You can then use that analysis to determine how frequently you should change your car's oil in the future.

At Sharp Honda in Topeka, KS, we not only advise car owners on how often their cars should be maintained; we also assist them in changing their engine oil. We serve drivers in Northeast Kansas, Kansas City, and the surrounding areas. If you need help making sure your vehicle runs smoothly, stop by our Topeka Honda dealership today and schedule an appointment for service.