Peacock Ford takes pride in offering esteemed automotive service to motorists across Maitland, Orlando, and Winter Park. We like to answer common service questions here on our website, and many motorists wonder how often to get an oil change.

Generally, oil changes should be performed every 6 months or 6,000 miles, but that range can be flexible depending on several factors. In this guide, we'll show you what affects your oil change interval and why oil changes are so essential to the performance of your vehicle!

How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

When it comes to oil changes, the 6-month/6,000-mile yardstick is an excellent rule of thumb. It doesn't apply in every situation, though, which is why following the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual is the best course of action. It will give you the proper interval (and type of oil) for your make and model.

You may need to change oil more often than recommended if you often drive in stop-and-go traffic or on dusty roads. These situations can cause the engine oil to wear out or become contaminated quicker than expected.

However, if you use synthetic oil, you may be able to go longer without an oil change. This oil is designed to resist the normal breakdown process for longer. In some cases, you can go up to 15,000 miles between oil changes!

What Are the Signs I Need an Oil Change?

Not sure when you last had your oil changed? There are some key signs you can watch for to know when it's time to schedule your next one.

You can always check the oil yourself with the oil dipstick. Make sure that (1) there's enough oil to keep your engine running smoothly and that (2) the oil is in good condition. Fresh oil appears amber in hue and smooth-flowing, while oil past its prime will be black and tar-like.

Loud engine noises, dark exhaust smoke, and the smell of oil in the cabin are all signs that you need your oil changed (and, possibly, your engine inspected). Keep an eye out for dashboard warning lights, whether it's a Check Engine, Oil Pressure, or Oil Change light.

How Long Does an Oil Change Take?

Luckily for you, oil changes are a quick process. If all you need is fresh engine oil and a new oil filter, you can expect your service appointment to take no longer than 15 to 30 minutes. Our on-site service center can give you this in-and-out service thanks to our cutting-edge facilities and experienced technicians.

Oil changes are straightforward and don't differ too much between car models. No matter whether you drive a versatile SUV, muscular truck, or slender sedan, you can get quick service and be back on the roads of Maitland, Orlando, and Winter Park before you know it!

Have Your Oil Changed Today

Now that you know how often to get an oil change, you can schedule your oil change at the right interval every time. If it's time to have your oil changed, make an appointment at the Peacock Ford Service Center. Our certified technicians will take excellent care of your car!

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