Taking Care of Your Volvo with Regular Oil Changes

Why is it important to get my oil changed?

Our Volvo Service Center understands that motor oil serves many important purposes. It lubricates, cleans, and cools your engine. An internal combustion engine has a lot of metal, movement, heat, and friction! Without any oil, it wouldn't be long before the engine just seizes up and becomes a very expensive piece of non-functional art. (Or scrap, if something like an engine-based coffee table doesn't fit your home décor.)

Since the oil is cleaning the engine as it runs through its cycle, it picks up particulates and grime. After a while, the oil will be saturated and can no longer do its job effectively. Happily, manufacturers do a lot of research to find that point where engine oil is used up and needs to be changed!

When should I change my Volvo's oil?

Too frequently, and you'll be wasting good oil as well as time and money. Too infrequently, and your engine will be subject to too much wear and tear and will start to experience problems. Volvo spends a lot of resources on determining the best point to change the oil in its engines.

If your Volvo is from model year 2013 or newer, you'll want to change your oil every 10,000 miles. For Volvo models pre-2013, the oil should be changed every 7,500 miles. If your Volvo is really getting on in years and you no longer have the owner's manual, we would love to help you determine its proper service schedule.

What kind of oil does my Volvo use?

Volvo recommends Castrol oil; the viscosity and grade will depend on your Volvo engine. This information can be found in your owner's manual, but we would be happy to help you ensure you're using the correct oil if you plan on changing it yourself and are not sure what to use.

It's important to use genuine Volvo parts and recommended brands for any Volvo service performed, so please be in touch with our parts department if you need oil and an oil filter.


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