Oil changes are a common part of vehicle maintenance. Even though it’s part of regular vehicle maintenance, you might not be sure how often you should get your vehicle’s oil changed or which signs indicate it’s time to get your oil changed. No problem, the team at Nissan of Salem can help.

We hope this page answers some questions about oil changes for drivers from Salem, Eugene, and Wilsonville, OR. Give it a read to learn how often you should get your oil changed!

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Oil changes help make your vehicle run more smoothly. The oil lubricates the components of your engine, cooling them down and preventing friction, so your engine parts last longer. It’s an important step of vehicle maintenance although it doesn’t need to be done very often.

You should generally get your oil changed every 5,000 to 7,5000 miles. Of course, this interval can depend on your vehicle’s make and model, oil type, and even your vehicle’s engine.

So, how long do oil changes take? Oil changes, on average, take 30 to 45 minutes.


There are many different signs that will let you know your vehicle needs an oil change. The first is to look at the sticker on your windshield. The last time you had your oil changed, the technician probably put a sticker in your window that lets you know the next date or mileage marker to get your oil changed.

Another sign to keep an ear out for is when your engine makes noises it hasn’t made before. If your engine is knocking or grinding, it might be because it doesn’t have enough oil—or clean-enough oil—to lubricate it.

If you’re driving and you notice an odor like something’s burning inside the cabin, it might be a sign you need to have your oil changed. When the oil gets dirty, it can’t keep your engine cool, so your engine will overheat and might begin to smell. Dirty oil will also have a different consistency than clean oil—it will become thicker and grainer.

When your vehicle senses it might be time for an oil change, it will turn on one of the dashboard lights. It might be a check engine light or a light specifically related to oil, depending on your vehicle. If this light comes on, bring your vehicle to a service center.


When it comes time to get your oil changed, our service center team is here to help. Our technicians are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)-certified, meaning they’ve completed certification and reached service excellence standards.

If you want to bring your vehicle by our service center, you can schedule service online or call our service department. We even offer pickup and delivery if you’re unable to step away from your home or office. Our team will pick up your vehicle and return it when the service is completed.


Do you think your vehicle might need to have an oil change? If you’re around Salem, Eugene, or Wilsonville, OR, swing by Nissan of Salem. Our technicians will take a look and let you know if your vehicle needs an oil change. We can also answer any questions you have about the process. Contact us to schedule an oil change today!