Whether you’ve been told by car maintenance shops, auto dealers, or a family member, it’s likely you’ve heard it many times: You should get regular oil changes.
But why are oil changes so important?
First, oil is a vital part of your car’s health, just like water is an essential part of keeping your body healthy. Without oil, all of the components that make up the engine cannot run smoothly. The oil functions not only to keep the parts lubricated, but it also carries heat away from the engine’s combustion chamber so the engine doesn’t overheat.
How often should I get my car’s oil changed?
Normally, oil changes are recommended every 3,000 miles or three months. It’s generally better to keep track of the miles because the life of the oil depends more on how much you drive than how much time passes.
There is a lot of debate (even among experts) that cars can last longer than 3,000 miles between oil changes, so many people wait longer to cut down on cost and time. For the best results, we recommend looking to your car’s manufacturer. They have tested your specific vehicle and know the best intervals to wait between maintenance.
If you let your car go too long between oil changes, it can cause very costly issues down the road. Here are a few examples of what happens to oil when it’s left unchanged:
- Oil Stress – Eventually, the oil begins to break down due to daily stress and heat from running the vehicle, and as a result, it is no longer an effective lubricant. This will cause parts in the engine to break down and ultimately destroy your car’s engine.
- Dirty Filter – Every time you get an oil change, your oil filter is also changed. If a filter gets too dirty and begins to clog, it can also cause engine failure.
- Corrosion – Corrosion can begin to happen inside your engine if dirty oil is circulated over and over because of contaminants, dirt and dust that start to collect in the oil. Again, if this problem is not addressed, it can result in engine failure.
Besides the fact that oil changes can prevent major engine problems, they can also provide good intervals to check on your car in general. This article from thecarconnection.com explains:
The regular oil change also establishes a benchmark of when your car’s maintenance needs are to be met. For instance, every third oil change can be the point at which the tires need to be rotated. Also, your recognition of what fluids had to be added may serve as the first warning sign that one of the systems is leaking.
If you come for a full service oil change at Bryant Motors, we thoroughly check your car for issues like these and more that may require attention. For a complete list, check out our info on: WHAT do I get with a full service oil change from Bryant Motors?
While taking the time to change your oil every few months may seem like an inconvenience, it can save you from having to fork out a bunch of money for expensive repairs, like a full engine cleaning or even replacing your engine later.
Trust us, it’s worth a little time and money to keep your car on the road!