Is it really necessary to change my oil that often?

January 25th, 2019 by

Why is changing engine oil at the proper interval so important?

Look, we know it’s not very convenient to have to come in for an oil change. But neither is waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck with a blown out engine. You were just minutes from Chipotle too…

Changing your oil on a regular basis is the most important routine vehicle maintenance there is.  Properly scheduled oil changes are crucial in keeping your car running properly.  Not only that, but an oil change service is also a great opportunity to have other areas of the vehicle looked at.  Your oil change is a quick and simple service, which “works” include a complimentary multi-point inspection.  A multi-point inspection means that the certified technicians will be checking your vehicle over in a number of key areas–belts, hoses, fluids, etc–to determine if there’s any service that should be performed to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape it can be. So, all in all, not only do you get your oil changed in an efficient and convenient fashion, but you will also receive a free multi point inspection as part of your service.  Our fully trained and certified staff are here to be the honest voice of truth in your vehicle service process. So whether you have a brand new vehicle that you just picked up or you are driving old reliable, regular oil changes are something you cannot neglect. And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a brief list why:

1- Regular Oil Changes Keep Your Engine Clean

When oil flows into the engine from other areas, dirt and other particles will begin to accumulate within it. If you don’t change your oil at the proper interval, sludge will begin to build up in your engine. If you live in drier, dustier areas, you will have even more particles making their way through. Changing your engine oil as well as replacing your filters on a timely basis will cleanse your engine from these harmful dirt and debris before they do any damage.

2- Longer Engine Life More Likely with Routine Oil Changes

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It lubricates and protects your engine and many of its critical parts from wear and damage. The problem is, oil gets dirty. By making sure that you have your oil and filter changed according to your owner’s manual specifications, you will be keep your engine clean and protected, as well as saving time, money and stress. A regularly scheduled oil change is an investment that will help ensure that you will be driving around in your vehicle for years to come.

3- Changing Your Oil Protects Other Engine Parts

What does oil actually do in my car? Inside your engine there are a many key parts which make your engine run such as the crank shaft and the connecting rods and bearings. These rods control the pistons inside of your engine’s cylinders. There is also another piece called the camshaft which assists in opening and closing the vehicle’s exhaust and intake valves. Making sure that you have clean oil in your vehicle’s engine is crucial in keeping these components well moving and running properly.

4- Get Better Gas Mileage by Changing Your Oil on Time

By changing my oil on time will I get better gas mileage? How does that work? Finding a vehicle that is good on gas is important to all of us. Overall miles per gallon are affected by a number of factors including environment, terrain, personal driving habits and vehicle maintenance. Without proper maintenance, all that dirt and grit we talked about earlier will build up inside your engine causing friction, and friction is no friend of your engine. Friction is the enemy of engine performance and optimum fuel economy. Making sure that your engine always has clean oil in it will help to reduce friction, allowing your engine to run more efficiently with the best possible gas mileage.

5- Protect the Environment

When it comes to the environment it is all about how many of these particles called hydrocarbons are being sprayed out into the atmosphere. If you fail to change your oil on a regular basis, dirty oil causes a buildup of these hydrocarbons inside areas of your engine’s crank case. These then get burned up, causing more of them to be released into the air through the vehicle’s exhaust. Thus causing more pollution.

6- Routine Oil Changes Help with Better Engine Performance

Over time, old oil breaks down due to exposure to heat. This causes it to lose its viscosity as well as its ability to lubricate the engine cylinder walls. Essentially, the dirtier the oil is, the harder it is to go where it needs to. That sludge begins to build up in areas blocking the flow to parts which need lubrication. Another function of oil is to draw heat from your parts of the engine. If they are covered with sludge, these parts stay hotter longer. Ultimately the engine will run less efficiently as its performance is robbed of both gas mileage and horsepower.

Regularly schedule oil changes are a must. Again, they are not a vehicle service you can ignore. Old, dirty oil decreases gas mileage, lowers horsepower, and will ultimately reduce the life of your engine. Read over the owner’s manual for your vehicle and be sure to get your oil changed at the proper intervals recommended by your manufacturer.

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