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Cars need regular service for two main reasons. The first reason is that routine maintenance keeps vehicles healthy, maintains their parts so they last longer, and improves safety. The second reason is related to performance. Routine service allows your vehicle to be in tip-top shape so it performs to the best of its ability.

If you drive a pre-owned Audi, your best course of action is to make sure it gets proper maintenance, including oil changes. This guide will help you figure out when you need to get this important service task. 

Mileage 

There’s a good chance that when you think of oil changes, 3,000 miles springs to mind. This was the old rule of thumb that people stuck to for years, but it isn’t as relevant anymore.

If you drive in dry or dusty conditions, changing your oil every 3,000 miles is probably a good idea. Otherwise, every 5,000 miles is probably more accurate. Depending on the oil you use, it may not have to be changed until closer to 10,000 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for more precise information. 

Time 

It is more important than ever to think about the time between oil changes rather than focusing so much on mileage. This is especially true if you haven’t been driving too often over the last year or so. Even if your car isn’t pre-owned, oil still degrades over time, so it needs to be swapped out for fresher lubricant. You should be doing this every six months or so.

In addition to keeping your engine in great shape, regular oil changes also boost your fuel economy, so they shouldn’t be overlooked. If your car is due for an oil change, make an appointment with Audi Van Nuys today. 

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