When Should Oil Changes Be Done?

November 30th, 2016

Know Your Vehicle

Oil changes in Petaluma are going to come with a change advisory of 3,000 miles. This is good practice because you don't want to compromise the integrity of your engine. However, at the same time, your vehicle isn't going to spontaneously combust if you go a mile over the 3,000 mark. Many armchair mechanics will tell you that you're actually able to safely operate your vehicle at between 4 and 7,000 miles between oil changes. Whether or not your vehicle can handle 7,000 miles between changes will depend on whether or not it uses a synthetic blend and on how new it is. Generally a new vehicle with a synthetic blend is going to require less frequent oil changes, but that's not always the case.


Your best bet is to know the make and model of your vehicle and go by the advice in the owner's manual. They're still going to be on the safe side and tell you to change your oil perhaps a thousand miles before it's strictly necessary. But really, why risk it? Especially in California, where between megalopolises there are endless miles of essentially nothing. In Northern California, Eureka represents the largest coastal city between Portland and San Francisco. Eureka's population is 28,000. There are some real "boonies" in between.


Oil changes in Petaluma should be comprehensive and come in a variety of packages. You should have a full service package that includes changing your air filter as well as your oil filter, vacuuming - the whole package. You should also have basic services that just cover the oil change. Expect with a full change:

  • Oil Filter Replacement

  • Fuel Filter Replacement

  • New Oil (specific to your vehicle)

  • Windshield Clean

  • Tire-Pressure Check

  • Vacuuming

At McLea's Tire & Automotive Centers, you can get complete oil changes in Petaluma for virtually all makes and models. Contact McLea's today at (707) 542-0363.

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