If you own a car, you have likely heard the sage advice that you should have your oil changed periodically, every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If you aren’t sure what the best timeline for your vehicle’s oil change is, you can find it in your owner’s manual. The information on when you should have it done may then lead you to ask, “Why should you keep up with your oil change?”.

For many, getting an oil change means added expense, time taken out of your already busy day, and even a list of extras that “need to be done.” The truth is oil changes are a relatively inexpensive way to keep your car running at its best and ultimately save you money. Here’s the how and why of the importance of getting your oil changed on schedule and in a timely manner.

Oil Keeps Your Engine Operating Efficiently – Oil keeps the components of your vehicle’s engine operating optimally while reducing the amount of varnish and carbon which can collect on the engine. Your engine’s oil collects heat to keep the engine running safely along with varnish and carbon to keep the engine running smoothly. Oil ensures all the moving parts of your engine are appropriately lubricated, reducing friction which can cause costly engine damage. When the oil turns from its original liquid state to the sludge state, it is time to change the oil.

Removing the Sludge and Replacing the Filter - The oil change, which drains the old oil from your engine, removes the impurities (debris, dirt, and other contaminants) which have brought about the sludge state. These impurities are filtered out by the oil filter, but even the best filter will become clogged if over utilized. When you don’t change the oil regularly, this sludgy oil decrease engine power and lowers fuel efficiency.  During an oil change, old oil is removed and replaced with fresh oil which enhances your engine’s power and fuel economy. Like the old oil, the filter is also replaced to keep a clogged oil filter which won’t allow oil to flow freely, from damaging your engine.

Checking for Wear and Tear – During an oil change your auto technician will also check for mechanical issues including wear and tear on parts and potential issues which may cause safety and operational issues for your vehicle.

Take the time to keep up with your oil changes as well as related minor repairs, which can ultimately save you both time and money. Schedule your service appointment today so we can help you with regularly scheduled oil changes and keep your car running smoothly now and well into the future.

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