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.