When Should I Get My Oil Changed?

August 7th, 2018 by

motor oil pouring into engine during oil change

The old rule for oil changes was that you should get your oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever came first. Today, advances in auto engineering have altered that belief, with research proving that most vehicles only need an oil change around every 5,000 miles.

This rule of thumb can vary slightly depending on your specific make and model, so be sure to check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. When you’re ready for service, contact our  Woodside Volkswagen service center to perform this essential maintenance.

Why Are Oil Changes So Important?

Engines are comprised of many intricate parts, and oil helps prevent excessive friction within. This lubricant keeps the pistons and the inner walls of the housing running smoothly, and if you wait too long to get it changed, the oil can run low or begin to break down. Excessive engine heating then leads to a decrease in performance and loss of vehicle efficiency, incurring unnecessary wear and tear. Especially if you’re preparing your car for the winter, a routine oil change ensures a well-lubricated engine that can perform better in the cold Astoria winter.

How Do I Change My Oil?

If you are looking to change your own oil, you’ll need some key know-how to get the job done:

  1. Choose the right kind of oil
  2. Prepare your tools and workspace
  3. Drain old oil from the drain plug
  4. Tighten the drain plug
  5. Switch out the oil filter
  6. Add fresh oil
  7. Make sure the oil level is correct

Schedule Your Oil Change in Woodside

While some people have the tools and time to change their own oil, many prefer the convenience and ease of a certified service center. At Long Island City Volkswagen, you can easily schedule an appointment for your next oil change, and keep your car running smoothly for years to come. Find out how much an oil change costs in Long Island City, and contact our team for the most up-to-date prices.

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Price Match Guarantee!

We understand you’re looking for the best service at the best value. That’s why we’ll match any service offers from any other Volkswagen dealership. Just bring the copy of the estimate and’or advertised special and you’re all set!

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