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Oil Change Importance

Every person who drives a car needs to understand proper car maintenance. One of the best things that you can do for your car is to get a regular oil and filter change.

The most common recommendation is to change the oil every 3,000 miles or every 12 months, depending on which event occurs first.

However, this recommendation is usually about half of what most car manufacturers recommend and in reality a very conservative estimate to take into account some of the worst driving conditions and motor oils.

Here are five of the top reasons you should change your oil often.

To Preserve the Lubrication of the Engine

Motor oil consists of large chains of hydrocarbons that stay between the piston and piston walls to keep the two from directly rubbing against each other. However eventually the heat from the engine will begin to break down these chains, more and more, thus causing the oil to offer less protection against friction. If the chains break down enough, the engine parts will practically rub together, which can lead to the destruction of the engine.

To Prevent Sludge From Building Up in the Car

As the car runs, various debris will be picked up by the car from the air outside, such as dust which will contaminate the oil. In addition, occasional shavings from the engine as well as antifreeze can also contaminate the oil.

These contaminants tend to congeal together to form sludge when mixed in the oil. This sludge can stick to motor parts and cause engine wear. By regularly changing the oil you can prevent the build up of contaminants that form sludge.

To Change the Oil Filter

This is generally a common occurrence with every oil change. The oil filter is actually one of the car parts meant to help reduce the particulate contaminants that can eventually form sludge. These particles, however, do accumulate in the filter as well, and the more present, the less effective it is at filtering out new contaminants.

Prevent the Buildup of Condensation

An important component that most people do not think of is the moisture that condenses in the water when it sits in a cool state. This is also a significant contaminant that needs to be gotten rid of. This is one reason that even vehicles that stay parked all the time should have their oil changed every 1,000 miles or 12 months. It’s also a reason why vehicles that make short trips need the oil to be changed more often.

To Make Sure the Level of Oil is Properly Full

It’s true that one should check the oil level by looking at the oil gauge every month, or even more often. Nonetheless, many people simply forget to do so. If the car doesn’t have a low level oil indicator on the dashboard, there is a risk of causing serious damage to the engine, if the level falls beneath under the minimum limit.

Is it time for your next oil change?

If so, give us call today and set up an appointment for your service: (727)849-2400