For many of us, an oil change seems like a thorn in our side. It’s that inconvenient obligation that we have to our vehicle every 3 months. Making these changes, however, plays a much bigger role in the health of our vehicle. Once we take a look at the role oil plays, we start to have a different outlook on the “inconvenience” of an occasional visit to the service department.
Oil and how it works
Oil is used to fuel the internal workings of our car and ensure that the components are working correctly. It acts as a lubricant to keep parts from scraping, as well as a coolant to the combustion chamber in the engine. As we drive, carbon can threaten to build up inside the internal workings of the vehicle. With fresh oil, that buildup is kept at bay, and our cars are able to take us further more efficiently.
The importance of getting an oil change
Over time our oil becomes compromised and isn’t able to do it’s job as well. Buildup and sludge can appear and cause potential damaging situations within the engine, pistons, and camshafts. Oil changes can help prevent these problems from occurring and enable your car to perform at it’s best.
Folks often ask us what kind of oil to use in their vehicle. It’s important to understand that every vehicle is different and runs differently. There are several types of oil options, but your car’s manual, or your mechanic, should be able to recommend the appropriate one for you.
When we step back and look at the bigger picture, that thorn in our side seems pretty insignificant. An oil change every 3,000 miles seems a pretty good trade off rather than massive engine damage. But maybe that’s just our opinion…
Questions? Feel free to contact us. We’d be more than happy to help you out.