Change Your Oil!

by Joe Ferguson on May 13, 2013

checking the oil with no names on my name tagsNot having regular oil changes for your car can lead to bigger problems down the road. If your vehicle is past due for a much-needed oil change, read this blog before choosing to neglect this necessary maintenance any further.

Most auto mechanics recommend changing the oil of your car around every 3,000 miles. As oil does its all-important job of lubricating crucial engine parts, it accumulates soot and dirt particles created by combustion. Old oil in your car is considerably thicker than when it’s first introduced, making it difficult to move these potentially harmful particles to the oil filter.

Neglecting a regularly scheduled oil change can result in the oil transforming into a viscous sludge that fails to properly lubricate engine parts and to move particles to the oil filter, which over time could cause engine failure.

Your car’s oil filter should be changed every time the oil is changed. Oil filters are smaller and less resilient than their larger and more robust predecessors – requiring more frequent changes. It’s a good thing that they’ve also become much cheaper.

Although the common rule of thumb for determining when to get an oil change is every 3,000 miles, some owner’s manuals may suggest a different mileage to change your oil. Best to consult your owner’s manual to make sure the service is being performed at the correct time. If you don’t have your owner’s manual, you can most likely find it online or stick to the 3,000 mile rule – it seems to work for most.

If you want to avoid frequent visits to the auto shop and keep your car in good working order, make sure to change you oil and oil filter on time. Small car maintenance steps like these make all the difference in keeping a small issue from become a huge automotive problem.

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