How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil

Most Indianapolis drivers change their oil at least once a year or once every 10,000 miles, but one-size-fits-all recommendations are becoming a thing of the past. Your own oil change frequency should be based on the recommendation of your Oil-Life Monitor (OLM), an in-vehicle technology that calculates your remaining oil life as you drive. When the light comes on, schedule an oil change within the next 600 miles.

Recommended Oil Change Frequency 

So, how often should you change your oil if you drive in Carmel or Noblesville? Here’s what you should keep in mind:

    • One thing should be absolutely clear right off the bat: the 3,000-mile oil change frequency recommendation is outdated.
    • Although your oil change interval could be as short as 3,000 miles in some circumstances, your vehicle’s motor oil could easily last for 10,000 miles or more.
    • It all depends on where you drive, how you drive, and the overall health of your engine.
    • However, you should always change your oil and oil filter at least once per year. If this runs counter to the recommendations of your OLM, we’ll reset the system manually when you come in.

In any event, your vehicle will display “CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON” when it’s time to schedule a Chevrolet oil change! Visit our service center as soon as possible after the light comes on, and make sure to check out our current service coupons before you stop in.

Making the Most of Your Oil Change

Since your recommended oil change frequency could vary by a significant margin, you’re probably wondering how to make the most of your next service visit. Here’s what you should know about maximizing your oil life:

  • If you mostly drive on the highway in construction-free areas, expect a longer oil change interval. 
  • If you frequently engage in towing, off-roading, or performance driving, come in and see us more often!
  • Colder weather takes an additional toll on your engine–and your engine oil. Warm and temperate climates are gentler on your vehicle, so your oil will last longer.
  • Those who accelerate slowly and coast to a stop will enjoy longer oil life than those who are always speeding up and slamming on the brakes. 
  • Using low-quality oil can absolutely impact your oil life. Choose a recommended oil product from your owner’s manual or ask an expert at our parts department to help you make the right choice.

How Often Should You Check Your Oil Level?

Regular engine oil changes help to keep your vehicle working as it should, but your efforts may come to naught if you spring a leak and drive without sufficient oil in your engine! For this reason, it’s important to check your oil level at least once a month

This is easy to do with a dipstick, but many Chevy vehicles also include electronic oil life monitors that you can access with your steering wheel-mounted controls. Check your owner’s manual for instructions.

Schedule Your Oil Change Today

Are you ready to schedule service? Eager to learn more about Chevy Equinox oil changes before you stop in? We’re ready to help, and we’re easy to reach from anywhere near Carmel or Westfield. Visit our service center and find out what sets our team apart. 

Service Specials at Penske Chevrolet

TRANSMISSION FLUID EXCHANGE
$25.00 OFF

*By appointment only, cars and light trucks only. May not be combined with other offers or specials. Must present coupon when order is written. Plus tax and supplies. Valid only at this location at vehicle check-in. Applicable to most models. See dealer for details. Offer expires end of month.

CABIN AIR FILTERS SPECIAL
$10.00 OFF

*By appointment only, cars and light trucks only. May not be combined with other offers or specials. Must present coupon when order is written. Plus tax and supplies. Valid only at this location at vehicle check-in. Applicable to most models. See dealer for details. Offer expires end of month.

PROFESSIONAL SILVER BATTERY
$10 OFF

*Tax extra. Excludes AGM batteries and some vehicles. Installation extra on select vehicles.
*By appointment only, cars and light trucks only. May not be combined with other offers or specials. Must present coupon when order is written. Plus tax and supplies. Valid only at this location at vehicle check-in. Applicable to most models. See dealer for details. Offer expires end of month.

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