So you’ve recently upgraded your last car to a new 2020 Lexus model. And while you’re enjoying the new level of luxury and performance found in your sparkling new ride, you wonder how you can always keep your vehicle feeling this good.

The answer is simple. By keeping up with regular maintenance and service, you can ensure that your vehicle always feels like it’s brand new. One of the best areas to keep your eye on? The oil change. Here, at your Van Nuys Lexus dealership, we’re breaking down the myth of the oil change.

Let’s start with the basics. First of all, what is an oil change? An oil change is a relatively simple process of changing out dirty engine oil for new clean oil. Clean motor oil is essential to your vehicle’s operation and protection of your engine’s health. Getting a regular oil change is vital as, according to Kelley Blue Book, “Failing to replace the old oil can quickly turn into a problem for drivers. As old oil cycles through the engine, it becomes thick, like petroleum sludge. This gets into the engine and can stop the parts from moving. The first signs of a problem are knocking vibrations and sound coming from the engine.”

Now to the fun part, how often should you change your oil? Lexus models aren’t like other cars and often require a bit more care. So, while the old myth that you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles is no longer valid, check your owner’s manual to get the best number. For most modern cars, you can roughly 7,500 miles before needing a change. However, if you often drive short distances, start and stop frequently, or put extra stress on your car by towing, you’ll want to get an oil change more often.

We can help you figure out the best intervals for your vehicle’s oil change needs right here at Keyes Lexus of Valencia. Furthermore, scheduling a service appointment is simple. Schedule your next appointment today.