First, look at the service interval on your owner’s manual. If it doesn’t tell you specifically when to change your oil, follow these general guidelines:
New vehicles – Change oil and filter every 3,000 miles or six months. This is considered a “normal” maintenance schedule for most cars. It keeps engine parts clean so they work more efficiently and lasts longer with fewer repairs. You can usually go up to seven years between changes if you don’t drive that much or have long commutes in stop-and-go traffic.
You should also have your vehicle inspected by an auto mechanic annually for free at AAA Auto Club of Northern California locations! It’s faster than waiting for the mechanic shop to open (if there even is one nearby) and it will catch any issues before they become costly problems later on down the road. Visit www.aaaautoclubofnortherncalifornia/maintenance/annual-checkup