How Often Should I Change the Oil Filter?

Most of us are familiar with our oil changes, but did you know that an oil filter change usually comes with it? It is so normalized that the mechanic will usually take care of it. Since your engine runs day in and day out, harmful debris and dust can get picked up by your engine oil. Thankfully, the contaminants get filtered out when the motor oil flows through the filter. Over time, the oil filter will get dirty and clog up. Failing to replace it could lead to insufficient lubrication of engine parts and engine overheating. 


It would be best to get an oil filter change every time or every other time you have your oil changed. Usually, your mechanic will be able to judge. You can also refer to your vehicle's owner's manual to determine how frequently you may need a new oil filter. The manual has tons of details regarding oil services, such as what type of oil and how often you should have it done. If your manufacturer suggests that you use synthetic motor oil, you will most likely need a longer-lasting filter to pair with it.


Depending on your driving conditions and habits, you may need to replace your oil and its filter more often or less often. Your engine should run smoothly as long as you don't run on dirty motor oil or a clogged filter.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your oil services, please do not hesitate to reach out to the technicians at Atlanta Car Care. Our professional team can ensure you get the correct type of oil and oil filter for your vehicle's make and model. We'll also help you stay on top of all your other maintenance items. We invite you to give us a call or visit our auto repair shop today!