The question of when to change the oil on your Mazda vehicle, or any other vehicle, has become less clear to many people than it used to be. At Bakersfield Mazda, we've addressed that question many times at our on-site service center and we agree it's an important question. After all, when you keep that oil as fresh as possible, you help your vehicle last longer.

Isn't the right oil change interval about every 3,000 miles? Probably not

The old rule of thumb was that you should get an oil and filter change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but that was with conventional motor oil. For some time, most vehicles have been driving around Arvin and Oildale, CA with newer synthetic motor oils and they allow vehicles to run longer before the oil needs to be drained and re-filled. Estimates for most cars today are about every 7,500 to 10,000 miles.

Why is an oil change so important in the first place?

Dust and grime are in the air, well, pretty much everywhere, and those tiny particles can easily end up in your oil, which takes them into your engine. If your oil isn't changed regularly, you can get a sludge buildup in your engine, creating thicker, dirtier oil that makes your engine work harder. The net effect is that your engine isn't as efficient and may come to an unfortunate, premature end. There's a better way.

Fresh new oil is obviously much cleaner so it helps cleanse your engine of those harmful dirt and grime particles. While too much heat can be bad for your engine, fresh new oil helps it run cooler. Whether you live in Shafter or Wasco, CA, talk to the service and maintenance experts about the right oil change interval for your Mazda model, or whatever you drive and schedule your next oil change soon at Bakersfield Mazda.

Categories: Oil Changes, Service