Time Vs. Miles

Time or Miles? Which Factor Is More Important to Getting Your Subaru's Oil Changed?

Some Saint Johnsbury motorists drive all over Vermont. Other drivers don't rack up much mileage in their Subaru. Regardless of how many miles you drive, routine oil changes play a critical role in engine efficiency and longevity.

Here at the Saint J Subaru service center in Saint Johnsbury, VT, we give you a more concrete idea of the recommended mileage intervals between oil changes and how to properly assess between timing and miles for your next service appointment.

Suggested Time Intervals Between Oil Changes

We recommend that every Saint Johnsbury driver gets their Subaru's oil changed at least once every six months. Most oil changes should be performed every three to four months, on average. This depends on the type of oil used for your engine.

As it deteriorates over time, engine oil thickens and turns into sludge. Old and dirty oil can cause significant wear and tear to your Subaru's engine. That's why timing is critical to your oil change service intervals. Get an oil change at least twice a year.

Suggested Mileage Intervals Between Oil Changes

Mileage also is somewhat dependent on the type of motor oil used. A general rule of thumb is to take your car into our Subaru service center in Saint Johnsbury, VT for an oil change every 5,000 miles. If you use conventional oil, your vehicle will require an oil change every 3,000 miles. Using full synthetic oil can last you 5,000 to 7,000 miles between oil changes. Synthetic blends are a good middle ground in between those mileage intervals.

Have you driven a lot of miles lately? Check your engine oil level on your Subaru's digital gauges. You can also monitor the oil level manually and get an accurate reading by having your Subaru on level ground and running at a normal operating temperature.

Additional Time-Oriented Maintenance Projects to Keep An Eye On

  • New Tires
  • Tire Rotations
  • Filters
  • Brake Components
  • Fluids

You should get a tire rotation every six months. New tires may be more mileage dependent, but they should still be replaced every six years, regardless of how many miles they've been driven. Your oil filter is changed at the same time as your engine oil, but your air filter should be changed once a year. Brake components, including pads and rotors, wear down over time, and should at the very least be inspected every four to six months. Additional fluids, including transmission, power and steering, engine coolant, and more, can become corrosive over time and should be replenished occasionally.

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Just because you drive your vehicle less doesn't mean service should be neglected. Proper maintenance service intervals are the key to your Subaru's longevity and your safety. Cars not being driven regularly can suffer damage, including loss of battery life, brake failure, rust and corrosion, tire rot, and more.

Take your car into the Saint J Subaru service center for routine maintenance checkups at the recommended service intervals. Timing and mileage are equally important for several service projects. Schedule your next service appointment in Saint Johnsbury, VT today.

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  1. Saint J Subaru

    664 Memorial Drive
    Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

    • Sales: (802) 748-2000
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