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Oil is to a car’s engine as blood is to your heart. Without it, your vehicle’s engine isn’t going to function. Period. Getting the oil changed is one of the most important parts of ongoing vehicle maintenance and today we’re going to talk about why this is. Let’s take a look.
The main purpose that oil serves is to keep your engine lubricated. As your engine operates, there are many components that move, as you may imagine. As these parts move, they create friction, friction leads to heat. Though your car’s engine is built to handle some serious heat, too much is going to cause issues. Cutting down on that friction is essential to maintaining engine operation, and thus, oil is one of the most vital fluids in your car.
Over time, your car’s oil is going to accumulate dirt, particles, and other nastiness. The dirtier the oil becomes, the less effective it will be at lubricating the parts of your engine. This can lead to engine seizure, which is just as bad as it sounds. When your engine seizes, one of the pistons within it has melted into its cylinder bore. In some very lucky cases, the engine can be saved when this happens, but only if the seizure is very slight. For the most part, this is the end of an engine.
This is a hotly debated question among vehicle owners everywhere. At the end of the day, the best answer is: As often as your vehicle needs it. Now, we know that probably wasn’t the answer you were looking for, but hear us out. The frequency with which you need your oil changed is dependent on your vehicle and your driving habits. It also depends on the type of oil you’re using. Though we can generally recommend getting your oil changed every 5,000 miles, we can give you a more specific recommendation when you bring your vehicle into our shop.
Thankfully, getting your oil changed is a snap. It doesn’t take a terribly long time and it likely costs less than your internet bill. When you come to Auto Repair Technology for your vehicle maintenance, we can even sweeten the deal. Through our Car Care Club, you get 4 free oil changes that you can use any time you like. You can even give them away to your friends or family if you’re feeling generous. Contact us today to learn more and to set up an appointment!