When Is it Time to Change the Oil in Your Car?

Changing the oil in your Volvo will keep it running safe and smooth throughout the car's lifetime. To make sure you are changing the oil at the proper intervals, you should first consult the car's owner's manual before the first oil change. We want you to stay informed about your Volvo, so here is some information on oil changes to help you make smart choices.

Oil Change Basics

Newer model Volvo's will feature an indicator light to alert you when the oil is low when you're driving in and around Carlsbad. However, it is not an alert that tells you it is time to change your oil. Most experts recommend you should change the oil in most cars every 3,000 - 5,000 miles or at a minimum of twice a year if you do not drive your car daily.

Although advancements in engine design and technology allow Volvo's to drive up to 15,000 to 20,000 miles without an oil change, it is always wise to take precautions and check your owner's manual for model-specific information. As a general rule of thumb, you should change the oil in your Volvo every 10,000 miles around Del Mar.

Other Oil Change Tips

When you have your oil changed (especially if you are doing it yourself), make sure you change the oil filter. You also need to ensure you are using the right oil filter. If you are not sure which filter to use, visit us at Volvo Cars Carlsbad near Oceanside and we will set you up with the correct filter.


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Aside from the filter, you also must use the right oil. Older model Volvos might need conventional oil while newer models might recommend synthetic oil. If you still have questions, schedule an appointment with our service department, and one of our certified techs will take care of your oil change needs. Our techs will also check your fluid levels, inspect your transmission, chassis, and much more. Feel free to peruse our parts inventory before stopping by our Volvo dealership near Vista today.