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Oil Change in Tempe, AZ | Horne Mazda


Horne Mazda

7777 S Test Dr
Directions Tempe, AZ 85284

  • Sales: (888) 622-9284
  • Service: (888) 648-2914
  • Parts: (480) 418-0805


  • Monday 8:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Tuesday 8:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Wednesday 8:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Thursday 8:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Friday 8:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Sunday 10:00AM - 5:00PM

How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

You may be under the impression that every car needs an oil change at exactly three months or 3,000 miles. Or maybe you're on the other end of the spectrum and you won't bother until your engine actually stops running. (Spoiler alert: if that has happened, it's too late.) The first example is just a little off. The second is scary!

My, how times have changed.

The standard 3,000 mile rule comes from an earlier age of vehicle production. With advances in both engine and oil technology, you don't need to stick to such a frequent schedule. Some classic and specialty cars will still want to be on this tighter timetable, but if you're driving a Mazda built in the last decade or so, it probably isn't necessary. It won't hurt the car, but you might just be wasting some good oil if you change it too often.

But why should I bother to change the oil in my car?

Oil lubricates your engine and all of its little components. When the oil breaks down, it can't do its job effectively anymore. With all that friction, your engine will overheat, which can cause parts to quickly wear down and warp. If you just never change your oil, your engine is likely to eventually seize up and turn into a big useless pile of scrap metal.

So what should I do?

Unfortunately, there isn't really an easy rule to remember across the board. Each car is different, and each driver is different. The first thing to do is check your owner's manual. For example, Mazda recommends a maximum interval of 12 months or 7,500 miles between oil changes for many of their models. Your next guideline is to make sure you always pay attention to your vehicle's notifications and warning lights- Mazda has included some very cool technology in their new cars and it would be a shame to ignore it!


You'll want to adjust your own oil change schedule depending on your driving habits and conditions. Here in the Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Chandler area, you know how hot it can get. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can cause your oil to work a little harder. Here are some other factors to consider: 

  • Stop-and-go vs. highway mileage
  • Mountains and hills vs. flat terrain
  • Frequency of heavy loads or towing
  • Frequency of engine idling 

Don't forget to check our service specials page for any applicable money-savers, and then schedule a service if your car is ready for an oil change. Please feel free to call or stop by to discuss your own vehicle and driving habits- our experienced technicians are here to help you get the most out of your car, and we can help you come up with an oil change schedule you're comfortable with. We know our environment and our Mazdas, so as long as you don't lie about your aggressive driving, we'll make sure your car gets the best possible care!