How Often Should You Change the Oil In Your Kia?
These days, there aren’t many maintenance services you need to have done to your vehicle on a regular basis, but one that your vehicle does need from time-to-time is an oil change. The question is, how often should you be changing the oil? If you drive a Kia, we may be able to help with that.
Unfortunately, there is no exact answer to this question. Oil change intervals are based on both the time since the previous oil change and the number of miles traveled, but even that isn’t specific enough. Drivers and their service technicians must also take into consideration the vehicle’s engine, the model year and the day-to-day driving conditions the car is put through.
What Factors Affect Oil Change Intervals
For example, extreme heat or freezing temperatures can both affect your Kia’s oil change intervals, as can things like frequent short trips, driving on rough roads, driving through dust, towing a trailer, etc. If you live in a large city that sees frequent traffic jams, that may require you to receive oil changes more regularly, as frequent stop-and-go traffic is one factor that has an effect on engine oil longevity.
With so many factors to consider, how can you really know how long to go between oil changes? Well, the first thing you should do is consult your Kia owner’s manual. It will provide you with a maximum oil change interval for your specific Kia vehicle. Once you’ve found that, have a talk with your Kia service technician about your vehicle and your driving habits to determine a more precise interval.
In most cases, however, drivers are bound to travel through one of the severe conditions mentioned above. So, with that in mind, an oil change interval of about 5,000 miles is generally considered a safe bet.
But, like we said, the best thing to do is to consult your Kia owner’s manual and your service technicians to figure out how long your specific vehicle should go between oil changes. Now that you have a better idea of what factors affect oil change needs and how often your Kia should get one, be sure to return to the Moritz Kia blog for more automotive tips.