How Often Should You Change Your Oil? Schedule Service Do you know how often to change the oil in your engine? If not, don’t worry. A lot of drivers in the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas have been asking us at The Lake Dealerships when to change oil. The fact is, it depends on the type of engine you have, what kind of driving you do, and how old the car is. Oil changes are needed on a more frequent basis for older cars, where newer models use advancements in design and engineering to optimize the use of motor oil. Using synthetic compared to conventional oil can also result in less frequent oil changes. How Driving Affects Oil Life The way you drive can really impact the lifespan of your engine oil. It goes without saying that the more you drive, the more often you’ll need to have the oil changed. On the other hand, if you rarely ever take the car out, you might not have to replace the oil so frequently and could enjoy higher oil change intervals. City driving can be especially difficult on a car’s engine. If you do a lot of driving in stop-and-go situations, you might want to consider having the oil changed more frequently. It’s highway driving that your engine is really cut out for. Longer trips with less changes in speed make for fuel- and oil-efficient driving. You’ll likely have to change the oil less often if you do a lot of highway traveling. Signs You Need an Oil Change If you can’t remember the last time your car had an oil change, then you might want to keep an eye out for some of the warning signs that an oil change may be needed. However, if you don’t know when to have the oil changed, it might be safest to have the oil checked by a technician. Old oil: Dirty and old engine oil doesn’t work as well as new, clean oil at lubricating the engine and dispersing heat. If your engine oil looks dark or has debris in it, you should schedule an oil change right away. Check engine light: If you see the check engine light come on the dashboard, it’s a good reason to call your local technician and schedule a service appointment. While it could indicate an oil change is needed, the check engine light may mean more serious issues. Loud noises: Since old engine oil doesn’t lubricate the moving parts of an engine very well, it could result in loud or unusual noises coming from the front of the car. Smelling oil inside the car: There’s no reason you should ever smell oil inside your car unless it’s burnt. Burning oil is a very bad sign and should be taken seriously. Contact your technician right away to have the car serviced. Seeing smoke: If oil has leaked out of the engine, it may result in smoke coming from the exhaust pipe. However, this could also be caused by other engine issues, so be sure to have the vehicle thoroughly inspected. Ready for An Oil Change? If you’re noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you can’t remember when’s the last time your car got an oil change, then it’s probably time to schedule an appointment. Serving the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas, our team at The Lake Dealerships can have your oil changed according to manufacturer specifications so you can get back on the road as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.