How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Car Oil Change

While oil change frequency tends to fluctuate with car age and mileage, a good rule of thumb is to change the oil in your Volkswagen every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.

At VW of Panama City, our service center provides top-quality care for drivers throughout Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway. To learn the symptoms of low engine oil along with the importance of regular checkups, continue reading below and contact us with any questions!

What Are the Symptoms of Low Engine Oil?

Dark exhaust smokeThe most obvious sign your vehicle is low on oil is when the oil pressure light appears on your instrument panel. This occurs when sensor detects a dangerous drop in oil pressure. This symbol typically looks like a dripping oil can.

Should this light appear while driving, immediately head to our service center. Additional symptoms of low engine oil include:

  • Burnt oil scent
  • Poor fuel-efficiency
  • Weak acceleration
  • Dark exhaust fumes
  • Overheating

Maintaining the correct level of motor oil inside your engine is critical to long-lasting performance and safety while on the road.

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Why Do I Need to Change My VW Oil so Frequently?

In many ways, motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Each VW engine houses hundreds of intricate metal parts all working together at an incredibly high rate of speed.  Motor oil is needed to keep these engine parts moving freely and prevent them from overheating.


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A secondary purpose for motor oil is to help remove any moisture or dirt particles that inevitably find their way inside your engine. Over time, these particles begin to break down and oxidize your oil. If not regularly replaced every few thousand miles, your vehicle’s oil will start to transform into a heavy dark sludge.

Ignore this oxidation for too long, and you run the risk of weakening or damaging your engine. The worst-case scenario is full engine seizure. This occurs when a piston has friction welded to its cylinder bore and no longer can rotate the engine.

A seized engine is no joke and often requires the entire engine to be replaced. Fortunately, this issue can be avoided by staying up to date on your vehicle’s routine maintenance schedule.

How Often Should I Change the Oil on my High-Mileage Volkswagen?

Oil ChangeIf you maintain regular appointments with our service center, you can expect to enjoy your VW for many years of happy travel. Once your vehicle surpasses the 100,000-mile mark, it’s reached veteran status and may require more frequent attention.

We suggest speaking with one of our service professionals on best practices. They’re also able to help you create a structured maintenance schedule. This way you’ll never accidentally miss an important milestone or checkup.

Schedule Your Next VW Oil Change Today!

If you live in the Panama City, Callaway or Springfield area and realize you’re due for an oil change, let us help you.

Stop by or make an appointment at VW of Panama City Service Center. Our team is ready to provide you with top-quality care and attention.

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