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One of the quickest, easiest, and most effective ways to elevate the longevity in your Honda is with the oil change. This simple procedure only requires 45 minutes to an hour of your time, but the results are huge and beneficial.

When it’s time for your next oil change in the San Antonio, Schertz, and Alamo Heights, Texas, areas, visit the service center at Northside Honda. Still, how do you know your vehicle requires fresh, clean oil?


Oil Change

When to Schedule an Oil Change

Though every Honda model is made a little differently, there are some rules of thumb to go by to keep on top of your oil changes.

If your Honda was produced before 2008, it has probably seen quite a few miles, so schedule an oil change roughly every 3,000 miles to 5,000 miles. If you have a newer Honda, it’s usually recommended to change your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.

Of course, this oil change interval also depends on your exact model, what engine and oil you use under the hood, and your driving habits. Refer to your owner’s manual for your specific maintenance schedule.


Check Engine Light

Signs You Need an Oil Change

If you’re unsure when your last oil change was, your vehicle will likely let you know when it’s ready for fresh oil. Look for these signs while you’re driving and make an appointment with our Honda service center if they arise:

  • Check engine light or oil change light turns on
  • Hearing knocking or excess engine noise
  • An oil or burning smell inside the cabin
  • Your oil is low, dirty, or dark

Checking Oil Dipstick

How to Check Engine Oil

You can also tell when it’s time for an oil change by checking the oil yourself. This process is easy and should be done once a month. Here’s what to do:

  1. Open your hood when the engine is turned off and cooled down.
  2. Located the oil dipstick located near your engine.
  3. Pull it out and wipe it off with a clean, lint-free rag. Then, reinsert it into the pipe.
  4. Remove the dipstick once again and inspect the color, consistency, smell, and level of your oil.

Oil should be amber and smooth to the touch. If it is dark, sludgy, has debris in it, or smells burnt, schedule an oil change.


Receive Professional Oil Changes at Northside Honda

Changing your oil frequently and when recommended can elevate your vehicle’s performance, heighten your fuel economy, and make your Honda last longer. To schedule your appointment, contact our service center at Northside Honda today! We proudly serve drivers all around San Antonio, Schertz, and Alamo Heights, TX.


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