Having regular oil changes done for your vehicle is important. You may remember being told the oil should always be changed. But do you know why exactly? While you may know to keep your vehicle maintained, knowing why is also important. In order for your vehicle to operate efficiently, the oil will have to be changed. If you are not sure how often that is, contact us. We can advise you on the correct oil change schedule. The vehicle will also be reliable, as the fluids will be in the best condition.
When oil changes are needed
Knowing exactly when to change the oil on your vehicle can be based on how you drive. Some factors include how you drive, and the condition of the engine. Others can be the environment you drive in, and what type of traffic. You can look in the vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended schedule, or contact us. Sometimes you will need to change the oil more frequently if situations arise. If you have jackrabbit starts or heavy acceleration, frequent oil changes may be needed. If you drive on dirt roads frequently it may contaminate the oil quicker. Also, an old engine will burn oil quicker than a newer engine.
When your vehicle operates, the oil has a process it goes through. Oil undergoes thermal breakdown due to high operating temperature. When this occurs, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant. Without it parts of the engine rub together and wear each other out.
Why oil is important
Oil also contains additives that have the ability to neutralize acids. Over time, these additives get used up and stop being effective. Oil can absorb water, dust, and combustion byproducts and also hold them in suspension. Eventually, the oil gets saturated with this stuff and cannot absorb any more. Then that stuff remains in the engine and can cause corrosion. By having oil changes done, you can help keep the engine operating as efficiently as possible. Always remember to notice any strange noises. If this happens, schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.
Driving in the spring is a wonderful feeling. The snow and ice from the winter is melting. The sun is also out more. But while you will want to drive safely on the road, also make sure you are aware of the condition of the road. If you see puddles, they could be hiding potholes. Hitting a pothole can be dangerous because it will do damage to your vehicle.
Why damage occurs
Damage from a pothole occurs when the tire exits it. With a disproportionate amount of weight on the submerged tire, the force of impact it has exiting the pothole is severe. One of the most common parts that can get damaged are the tires. The tires of a vehicle are always in contact with the road. When the tire enters a pothole, the force on the tires, which is relatively balanced on a level surface, is no longer evenly distributed.
Tires hitting potholes
As the tire drops into a pothole, the vehicle is no longer level, and the weight begins to shift more heavily on to the tire that is relatively lower than the tires on the regular road surface. The damage occurs when the tire exits the pothole. With a disproportionate amount of weight on the submerged tire, the force of impact it has exiting the pothole is severe. As it hits the edge of the pothole, a massive, concentrated force strikes the tire directly. This force, if severe enough, misshape the tire, rupture it, or even bend its rim. Maintaining optimal air pressure in tires can help prevent these types of problems, as it cushions the impact, the fact remains that hitting the right pothole in the right spot can leave a driver stranded regardless.
Other damage from potholes
Other damage you may notice could be dents or leaks. The tires of a vehicle are made to keep it a certain distance above the ground. While a tire is in a pothole, the entire vehicle moves lower to the ground, and the abrupt movement can cause the suspension to compress, dropping it even closer to the road’s surface. If the vehicle makes contact, the result can be anything from scratches to damaged mechanical components. If you hit a pothole, bring the vehicle in. No matter how big or small the potholes are, they can do damage to your vehicle.