Everyone knows they need to have their oil changed when the windshield sticker date comes or the instrument panel’s oil light comes on, but do you know why? And did you know that there are options for you to choose from? We will go over some of the basics here, showing you how we change your oil, why we do it when we do, and we answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
There are a few reasons why a regular oil change is so important to the maintenance of a healthy automobile. The first three you might know already, but the fourth is one that is often overlooked:
- Oil undergoes thermal breakdown due to high operating temperature. When this occurs, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant. And without a good lubricant, parts of the engine rub together and wear each other out.
- 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 can’t absorb any more. Then that stuff remains in the engine and can cause corrosion.
- When you have your vehicle in for a regular vital fluid change we do a full inspection of your vehicle. This inspection is the #1 way to get out in front of potential mechanical failures. By catching them before the problems reach a critical mass, we are able to save you time and money with a bit of preventative maintenance.
The procedure for changing oil is very straight forward. Simply put, we drain all of the dirty motor oil from your car’s engine and replace it with fresh new oil. The oil filter is replaced at the same time. While the vehicle is on the hoist, we do a full inspection of the vehicle and report back any findings and give you a timeline for future maintenance if we see something that needs to monitored.
Think of an oil change as an insurance policy against future repairs. Clean oil keeps your engine running smoothly and prevents premature wear. Oil changes are relatively inexpensive, and compared to the cost of rebuilding your engine in the future, it can be the highest value piece of regular maintenance you do on your vehicle.