How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

December 13th, 2018 by

technician checking oil

An important part of maintaining your vehicle’s healthy is regularly changing your oil. Advances in oil and engine technology have extended the intervals for which oil changes are necessary. In modern vehicles, the general oil change interval is between 7,500 and 10,000 miles. For exact specifications, make sure to always reference your owner’s manual. Before you head out on a St. Louis family trip, check out our oil change guidelines below!

Oil Change Frequency Guidelines

Though sticking to the 7,500-10,000 mile interval is a good guideline, some vehicles may need more frequent changes. Should any of these apply to you, reach out to the service department at BMW of West St Louis near Ballwin to check when your vehicle should be brought in:

  • Racing
  • Heavy towing
  • Off-roading
  • Commercial use

Oil Change Tips

Read through some oil some facts before bringing your vehicle into our shop for an oil change. Should you have questions, contact our service center at 314-487-4004.

  • When your oil is replaced, make sure the oil filter is replaced as well. If you’re a DIY person when it comes to oil changes, the BMW of West St Louis parts department has genuine oil filters for you. Even if you don’t drive your car much, you’ll still want to get an oil change at least twice a year. Oil breaks down over time even if your car isn’t being used.
  • Check your owner’s manual to see whether your vehicle requires synthetic or conventional oil. Synthetic costs more, but some vehicles need it.
  • Without much use, oil still breaks down over time. Those who drive infrequently should still get their oil changed twice a year at the very least.

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

To help catch any potential leaks or issues in the oil system, check your oil level once a month. Without oil, your engine can suffer serious damage. Make sure to take notice of the color of the oil, as well as checking for any metal flakes in the oil itself. Both of these can be signs of a larger problem. Have an issue or need an oil change? Schedule a service appointment at BMW of West St Louis today.

Turn to BMW of West St Louis for Oil Changes

Not only do we offer low prices on our BMW oil change services, but we offer many different service coupons as well. Contact us today with any questions like how often to change spark plugs or any other service-related questions.

Service Specials at BMW of West St Louis

Free Loaner with any Service

No Appointment Needed
Free Valet Service
(We will Pick Up and Deliver)

BMW vehicles only. Restrictions may apply. Must present coupon at time of service write-up. May not be combined with other coupons or discounts. May not be used on previous purchases. See dealer for details.

BMW Summer Service Coupon

More from BMW of West St Louis

  • BMW X5 Accessories

    With the high-quality BMW accessories at BMW of West St Louis, your local authorized BMW center, both Ballwin and Ladue drivers can get the parts and accessories that will enhance the cabin, protect the exterior, and upgrade the tech in their BMW X5, or other BMW model. Learn more about the BMW X5 accessories available and make your way…

  • What is the Towing Capacity of the 2019 BMW X3?

    The 2019 BMW X3 can tow up to 4,400 pounds. That’s plenty of power for most Ladue drivers. Learn more about the towing, payload, and performance capabilities of the exciting new X3 before stopping by BMW of West St Louis to set up a test drive. Learn More BMW X3 for Sale BMW X3 Towing Features The 2019 BMW…

  • What Does BMW Stand For?

    Have you ever found yourself wondering what BMW stands for when shopping for a new luxury car or watching a BMW drive by on Ballwin roads? Wonder no more. BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, which is German for Bavarian Motor Works. The brand name is unique in German since the term Motorenwerke is normally…

Posted in Service