One of the most common forms of service is the oil change, and it's most common because it's one of the most repeated services that drivers need to have performed in order to have their vehicle perform at its optimal level. Our team at Richmond Ford West is committed to helping our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump with their automotive needs. We're here to help provide exceptional service and maintenance, but we're also here to give our friends and drivers tips and pointers as far as the best practices of properly maintaining and caring for their Ford vehicle. 

While drivers know that their vehicle needs repeated oil changes, some drivers seem to be stumped at how often they should change their oil. Keep reading this informative article to find out how often you should change your oil, so you can help keep your Ford model in great shape.

What Does Engine Oil Do?

Oil is a necessary component to your Ford and its overall well-being. It provides lubrication for the moving metal parts in your engine to allow them to move fluidly and reduce the amount of friction created. Oil also helps keep these moving parts clean by picking up the crud and debris flowing around the engine.

Why Does Your Ford's Oil Need to Be Changed?

Since its function is to keep the moving components in your engine clean, your engine oil tends to get a little dirty near the end of its lifespan. When it's first poured in, it has a golden-brown appearance. When oil is removed during the oil change, it appears black and gritty from all the debris that it has picked up. When oil is this dirty, it becomes less effective at keeping your engine clean and well-lubricated, and can potentially cause some engine issues if it is not changed at the proper time.

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Your Ford's oil change intervals depend on a few different factors, but the most important one is how you drive. If you do excessive towing or you don't drive that often, you'll want to have your oil changed more often, around 5,000 miles if your Ford is a 2008 model or later. If your Ford model is from before 2008, you may want to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles.

If you drive your vehicle under normal conditions, you'll want to stick to the 7,500-10,000-mile interval. Most Ford maintenance schedules recommend an oil change at the 10,000-mile recommended maintenance, along with other crucial services like the tire rotation and a multipoint inspection. The benefit of regular oil changes is that your Ford will not only perform at its best, but it will also improve its fuel economy. Putting off the oil change can result in a sluggish performance, a considerable drop in fuel efficiency, and potential severe and costly problems.

Stay On Top of Your Next Oil Change

Now that you know how often to change your car's oil, you can prepare ahead of time. You should always keep a watchful eye on your vehicle's odometer so you'll know exactly when to make the arrangements. You can always contact us at Richmond Ford West for your oil change.

We're happy to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump with routine but important automotive services like an oil change. Schedule your next oil change with us today!

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