Maintain Used Car Value with Regular Oil Changes

by Joe Ferguson on March 28, 2013

Oil Dipstick

The recommended time between changing a car’s oil and filter is usually around the 3,000 mile mark. Oil accumulates soot and dirt particulates produced by combustion. As the oil ages and becomes more viscous, heat from the engine reduces the oil’s ability to move these particulates to the filter – resulting in the necessity of an oil change.

If you neglect to have your oil changed regularly it could turn into a thick sludge, fail to lubricate crucial parts of the engine, and eventually cause your engine to fail.

Most shops recommend getting a filter and oil change every 3,000 miles but this time period can be dependent on the model of the car and driving conditions. Best to check your owner’s manual when trying to figure out your car’s individual needs.

Driving conditions can greatly affect the oil’s ability to serve its lubrication purpose efficiently. Extreme changes in temperature can be a big problem for your car’s oil. Frigid temperatures (like those we’ve experienced recently) can cause the oil to become more thick and viscous – making its task of keeping moving parts running smoothly quite difficult.

The filter should be replaced each time you get an oil change. The size of oil filters (like cellphones and computers) has shrunk exponentially over the last few years. These smaller oil filters lose their filtering abilities sooner. Luckily filters have also become much cheaper over time.

Gasoline engines require regular oil changes to ensure a long life of hitting the pavement. Staying on top of your oil change intervals will maintain your used car value and keep you from unnecessary visits to the auto body shop.

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