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How Often Do Diesels Need Oil Changes?

There are plenty of differences between diesel vehicles and gas-powered cars. The noise, for one, as well as the power and, of course, the type of gas you have to use. You may wonder if you are switching from a regular vehicle to one that takes diesel, how often the oil needs to be changed so you can ensure efficiency. You want to take care of the engine and oil changes are key.

The Frequency Of The Oil Change

Gas-powered vehicles generally need oil changes every 3,000-5,000 miles or every 3 months, depending on the vehicle and what is recommended by the manufacturer. But that's not the same as a diesel vehicle. There are other conditions that are going to determine when you need an oil change. For example, what terrain are you driving? That's going to make a difference in frequency.

The climate will also be telling. The type of oil you use will help with longevity between changes and you will also have to consider what you do with your vehicle. Do you just drive it to and from work or do you tow with it and work it hard?

In normal conditions, you can go 10,000 miles in a diesel vehicle before you need an oil change. If you do some moderate towing, or you live in the city and the vehicle has to idle a lot, the changes might have to happen more like 5,000 to 7,000 miles. If your vehicle does heavy towing, 3,000-5,000 miles between oil changes is key.

If you aren't sure what your vehicle needs, the best thing you can do is take it to a professional and have them assess your needs. That way, you can get a read on what you need to do to keep tables on the oil changes and other needs it has.

When you need that diesel oil change, give our auto repair shop a call. We're also here to help you with any questions you have between oil changes, whether you have repair needs, maintenance questions, or anything else. We want your vehicle to run well.