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How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Diligent San Francisco drivers know that following a regular oil change schedule is critical to keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape and running at peak efficiency. If you’ve just recently upgraded to a new vehicle, you may be wondering, how often should you change your oil? While past recommendations stuck to every 3,000 miles, modern advances in oil and engine technology put a significant extension on that interval. These days, most vehicles are able to safely go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services. If you’d like an exact number for your make and model, a quick consultation with your owner’s manual will tell you everything you need to know.

Learn More About Oil Change Frequency

7,500 to 10,000 miles is a good rule of thumb to follow, but there are some vehicles which will require a higher oil change frequency. Take a look at our quick list to see if any of these types of vehicle uses apply to you:

  • Heavy-duty towing jobs
  • Racing
  • Off-roading
  • Commercial use

If you regularly use your vehicle for any of the above activities and are unsure if it’s time for an oil change, call up the East Bay BMW service center at 844-361-5467 for professional guidance.

Read Up On More Oil Change Info

Before visiting the East Bay BMW service center near San Jose, take a moment to read a few additional oil change tips from our team:

  • During every oil change appointment, make sure an oil filter change is being done as well. If you’re changing your oil at home in Dublin, you can find an OEM BMW oil filter at our parts center.
  • Don’t drive your vehicle very often? Even if you only hit the road once or twice a week, you should still have an oil change at least twice per year. Oil can break down over time and if left unchanged, can cause serious engine damage.
  • Unsure whether you need synthetic or conventional oil? Be sure to check your owner’s manual. While synthetic oil is costlier, some vehicles do require it.

When Should I Check the Oil Level?

In between oil change services, it’s a good idea to check your oil level once per month. You’ll be alerted to any leaks in the oil system, and you can also take a minute to check for any changes in the oil color or the appearance of metal particles (both of which may point to a more serious issue that needs attention).

Schedule an Oil Change at East Bay BMW

Seeing the oil can warning light illuminated on your dash? Contact the service team at East Bay BMW to schedule an appointment at your convenience! We service BMW vehicles as well as most other makes and models, and our rotating service specials can help you maintain your vehicle at a great price. Whether you need BMW suspension repair or a basic oil change, we’re here for you at every step of the way.

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