Oil Changes and when to have it Done

Having oil changes done is part of general maintenance for your vehicle. You will want to make sure this is done, as it helps the engine. In fact, it is the most important part of routine maintenance for your vehicle. An oil change removes the old oil from a vehicle’s engine and replaces it with new, fresh oil. The engine oil filter is usually also changed at the same time.

The engine

Since engines have moving parts, you need to keep them lubricated. Since these parts move and rub against each other, the force of friction creates heat. Oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, allowing the parts to work together without overheating.

How the oil helps the engine

Over time, engine oil breaks down and wears out. When it does, it becomes less effective at lubricating the engine and absorbing heat. It is important to change the oil in your engine before it breaks down and causes major engine troubles.

When to change the oil

Changing the oil depends on many factors. This could be including the way you drive, how old your engine is, and where you live. It is recommend you change your oil every 3,000 miles. Some manufacturers might suggest a longer span like 5,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, you might be able to go 10,000 miles between oil changes. For most people, an oil change every 5,000 miles would probably be just fine.

You might want to consider changing your oil more often, though, if you tend to drive at high speeds, have an older engine or live in an area that is particularly hot, cold, or dusty. No matter what, make sure to contact us. We can advise you when the oil should be changed. We can also recommend when the oil filter will need to be changed as well. Oil changes are important, so do not ignore them.