#1 Road Trip Rule: Why You Should Change Your Oil

It’s not just about the oil.

Preparing for a road trip should always begin with safety, especially as your vehicle reaches important milestones.

Summer is approaching, and for many of us, that means road trips! Just thinking about hopping in the Jeep with friends has got us dreaming of beaches, bikinis and open water kayaking. Before we get off on another subject completely, let’s get serious. If you want to go on a road trip, you must have a solid set of wheels.


On one of our first road trips, the warning light on the dash came on midway though, and we ignored it. Luckily the tire did not show its ugly flat face until it was safely parked in the driveway again. No matter who you are or what your background, it’s important to not ignore the health of your vehicle before you take it on a trip.

If you’re like us, your Jeeps don’t spend their lives parked in the garage, they get out and acquire miles of memories. As those miles gain, there are certain milestones that mean things, and if you pay attention, scheduling maintenance will save you money and keep you safely on the road way longer than a vehicle that doesn’t receive the same care.

Oil changes are a chance for you or your service provider to do a full inspection. This prevents future problems and extends lifespan of your vehicle. [social_warfare buttons=”Twitter”]

There are different factors that apply to when you should change your oil. If you often road trip, 3,000 miles is a safe measure (if you use synthetic oil, 6k is the suggestion, and that’s okay if you’re not running hard). On that note, if you live in an area with extreme pressure changes (such as, Arizona or Alaska), get your oil changed more often than less.

An oil change is a chance to inspect all your fluids.

Before we set off on our #RoadToMoab, we stopped by Tempe Dodge, our local Chrysler Jeep dealership to get our Jeep Commander checked out. With 137,000 miles on it, we wanted to make sure everything was up to snuff. We love visiting our local dealership, as they keep our high mileage Jeeps running well! They’re customer service is the best and these guys take ownership over their work! The best part is they are very nice, they only use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts and their work comes with a guarantee.

Below is a list of the service we performed before our Road to Moab trip.

  • Oil Change ( every 3,000 miles)
  • Tune Up (new spark plugs)
  • Tri-combo service (three process cleaning of throttle body, intake manifold, and additive into the fuel tank)
  • Water Pump (we had a little crack, best to replace it)
  • Thermostat and upper and lower hoses and drive belt (since these parts come off during water pump repair)
  • Battery ( with extreme pressure changes, batteries only last  2 years-ish)
  • Front Struts (one was leaking, so we replaced them)
  • K Flush (if you’re part of the high miles club, 100,000+ be sure to change your fluids, such as transmission fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid)
  • New Hercules All-Terrain Tires
  • Alignment

Tempe Dodge sponsored this post, however all opinions of their service are completely our own. We have been taking our Jeeps to Tempe Dodge for years, and we wouldn’t tell you to go there if we this was not our choice as well. We can not recommend every dealership what we have worked with, and if you would like assistance for your Jeep’s maintenance where you live, send us an email, we’d be happy to assist.