Getting your car's engine oil changed on a regular basis is an effective way to prevent damage to key engine components. It also helps to ensure that you don't see a reduction in fuel efficiency or experience other performance issues. Let's take a look at how often you should have your car's oil changed and how to schedule an appointment to do at Ridgeland Mitsubishi near Brandon, MS.

How Often Should You Get Your Car's Oil Changed?

Ideally, you will schedule an oil change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This exact timing of each appointment will depend on the type of oil that is used in your vehicle as well as your driving habits and road conditions. If you don't drive your car at least 5,000 miles in a given year, be sure to schedule an oil change at least once every 12 months. In most cases, you can get away with having this done at the same time that the vehicle is being inspected.

Having Your Car's Oil Changed Regularly Protects Your Warranty

Damage that is caused because of owner neglect is generally not covered by a manufacturer's warranty. In fact, failing to take reasonable steps to maintain the vehicle could void the warranty entirely. Therefore, even if you experienced issues unrelated to the fact that you didn't change the oil regularly, there is a chance that the manufacturer wouldn't be required to pay to fix them.

What Type of Oil Should I Use?

In most cases, synthetic oil will be used in your vehicle. However, you can choose to use conventional oil if you want, and you won't necessarily damage the engine by switching between conventional and synthetic oil. Synthetic oil is used in most service centers throughout the country because it tends to last longer before it needs to be changed. Furthermore, it tends to hold up better during periods of extremely hot or extremely cold weather.

What Are Some Signs That It's Time for an Oil Change?

There are several clues that your oil is due or overdue to be changed. For example, oil that is dark brown or black in color should be changed, and this is because the dark colors are caused by dust, dirt, and other impurities. If you notice that the oil levels in your engine are lower than they should be, it could be time to get it changed. Finally, there is a chance that a check oil light or warning message will appear on the dashboard.

Do I Need to Get an Oil Change Before Going on a Road Trip?

Generally speaking, you don't need to get an oil change before heading out on a long road trip. However, if your vehicle is due for this type of service in the near future, it may be best to have it done to give yourself peace of mind. Alternatively, you can choose to have this done after you get home depending on how many miles you are planning to drive during your trip.

How Do I Schedule an Oil Change?

You can schedule an oil change any time online or by giving us a call at your earliest convenience. If you do make an appointment online, we can send an email or make a phone call to confirm that you selected the right time and date.

Regular oil changes can make it easier to keep your car in good condition for as long as you own it. If you have any questions or concerns about the type of oil used in your vehicle, feel free to reach out to us at any time. We can address those concerns or answer any questions that you have in a timely, friendly and professional manner.

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