Pacific Automotive - Your Local Dealer Alternative Auto Repair Center

Serving San Diego Over 20 Years

5181 Santa Fe St San Diego

(858) 925-5359

San Diego’s Affordable Oil Change Service

Living in San Diego, you probably rely on your car daily and often are in stop-and-go-traffic and take frequent short trips in your car. Your car’s owners manual will detail the specific factory recommendation on oil. But if you are often in stop-and-go traffic and go on frequent short trips, you will want to change your oil more often. Changing your engine oil and filter on a regular basis is the single most important vehicle maintenance service. Pacific Automotive has been trusted by San Diego drivers for more than 20 years for all of your oil change and tune-up needs.

How often should you get an oil change?

Most vehicles require an oil change every 3,000 to 7,500 miles. That usually equates to every six months to one year. What determines if you need your oil changed at 3,000 miles or 7,500 miles? Diesel engines and turbocharged gasoline engines require oil changes at the lower end of the scale, or every 6 months or 3,000 miles. The higher end of scale, vehicles that require an oil change at 7,500 miles or once a year, are usually passenger vehicles and light trucks. Your vehicle will need an oil change more often if you take frequent, short trips of less than 10 miles, drive a lot in stop-and-go city or freeway traffic, or driving at sustained freeway speeds in hot weather. Most oil companies recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type of driving you is done.
As your vehicle is driven and the engine accumulates miles, blow by gases increas. This dilutes the oil because more unburned fuel is dumped into the crankcase. This causes the oil to break down. So if you don’t change the oil often enough, you can end up with accelerated wear. Accelerated wear causes problems such as increased emissions, oil consumption and decreased fuel economy and performance.

How Does Pacific Automotive Dispose of My Used Motor Oil?

It is important to dispose of used motor oil properly. At Pacific Automotive, we hire reputable, EPA-approved companies that specialize in recycling used motor oil to be refined into other petroleum products or lubricants. Although the Environmental Protection Agency does not consider used motor oil to be a hazardous chemical, it does contain trace of lead. We don’t want any of this to leak into ground water or escape through the sewer system and pollute our beautiful San Diego beaches and ocean.

With every oil change, we will:

  • Replace your oil with the factory recommended type
  • Replace your oil filter
  • Lubricate all grease fittings on your vehicle, as applicable
  • Give your vehicle an overall check to ensure all major systems are good working order