When Should I Change My Oil?

Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. It is used to lubricate all the internal moving parts and help keep components from overheating. Changing oil is an extremely important part of keeping your engine in good operating condition.

Some cars have a service interval counter which is built into the vehicle’s dashboard, while other cars do not. If your car does not have a built-in system, use reminders, such as those provided by YourMechanic. You can also look at your car manual to see the recommended interval.

Depending on your car and the type of oil in it, it’s typically recommended that you change the oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles, and replace the oil filter each time. It's good to know the reasons why cars have different oil change intervals, as well as the right type of oil to use in your engine. Some engines need oil better designed to withstand heat, such as Mobil 1 Classic or Mobil 1 Mobil 1 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil.

If it's time to change your oil and filter, our mobile mechanics can come to your location to service your car using top-quality synthetic or conventional Mobil 1 motor oil.


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James

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Land Rover Discovery Sport L4-2.0L Turbo - Oil Change - Antioch, Tennessee
James was very respectful of my property. He was friendly abd very knowledgeable about his work and my truck. He even told me things I didn't know about my truck..He used the exact product for my truck..I would recommend James to family and friends.
Jeep Liberty - Oil Change - Nashville, Tennessee
Knowledgeable, and will let you know exactly everything you need. Great experience with him today and would recommend to anyone!

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Kia Soul L4-2.0L - Oil Change - Austin, Texas
Patrick always communicates. I appreciate his work. Efficiency and quality  A+ I trust his suggestions always. Booking now the next items to be repaired
Chevrolet Suburban - Oil Change - Austin, Texas
Shows up on time. He is patient in listening and answering questions. He has always done a great job.

Kenneth

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Land Rover Range Rover V8-5.0L Turbo - Oil Change - Marina Del Rey, California
Arrived early, very professional, Extremely knowledgeable! X military service member so you just know he’s dedicated to his profession. As we chatted for a few minutes he shared with me that he’s writing a book and he’s almost completed about automobiles making it more simple for the consumer.

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Honda CR-V L4-2.4L - Oil Change - Austin, Texas
Super fast, friendly and efficient. Also he made sure my dash read my oil percentage correctly so I will know when to get another oil change. Thanks Luke!

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