When Should I Change The Oil And Check The Fluids In My Vehicle?

The fluids and oil in your car are very important to the over-all health of your vehicle. Without them your car wouldn't be able to function, would over heat, and you wouldn't be going very far. That's why you should check them and change them often.

When should I change my vehicle's oil?

The engine oil is perhaps the most important fluid in your car and does a lot of dirty work. As it moves throughout your engine it not only cools it down and lubricates it, but it also removes any gunk that makes its way into your engine. This can cause your oil to either get thin, dirty, or sludgy and can be potentially harmful to your vehicle. In order to avoid this you should get your oil changed regularly.

  • How regularly?
    • 2008 or newer should be changed every 7,500 miles/six-months
    • 2007 and older should be changed every 5,000 miles/six-months
  • You may have to change it earlier if you do any of the following:
    • Towing or hauling
    • Low speed driving or idling for long periods of time
    • Off-roading or driving on dusty roads
    • Using an E85 fuel for more than 50% of the time
  • If you do have these driving habits than you should change it more often
    • 2008 and newer should be changed every 5,000 miles/six-months
    • 2007 and older should be changed every 3,000 miles/3-months

Other fluids should be inspected and changed regularly as well

All of the fluids in your car are important for your vehicle's wellbeing. They each serve a purpose and do run low or get dirty. Here are just some of the fluids that may need to inspected or changed:

  • Transmission Fluid - Should be checked monthly and, if it's brown and smells burnt, it should be changed by a mechanic.
  • Coolant - Should be part of your winter/summer seasonal car inspection. If the coolant isn't up to the line add the same type of coolant until it is.
  • Brake Fluid - Should be checked when you get your oil changed, but you can look at it whenever you feel like the braking system isn't working properly. If it's brown instead of gold it should be replaced.
  • Power Steering Fluid - Should be checked once a month. Normally this fluid doesn't really get low, but if it is you should bring it to the mechanics to get checked out.

To see what other fluids should be inspected regularly take a look at your vehicle's owner's manual or contact our service department and have our technicians let you know what they would recommend.

Schedule your service at Brandon Dodge On Broadway

If you are in the Denver, Littleton, Aurora, or Centennial, CO, areas and you would like us to change or inspect any of your vehicle's fluids, feel free to schedule a service appointment at any of our service locations. We have a service center available at our Brandon Dodge On Broadway dealership and are always ready to answer questions and perform any of your maintenance needs at any time!

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