Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It keeps the engine moving smoothly so the tires can keep spinning. All vehicles need to have their oil changed on a regular basis, based on manufacturer recommendations.
The mileage interval for how often cars need oil change services can vary by model, but is often between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Changing the oil is an important part of auto maintenance. Let’s look at four reasons that demonstrate why.
The main function of engine oil is to lubricate all moving parts, such as valves and pistons, so they can move without grinding on each other. Low oil levels or contaminated oil will cause these parts to wear much faster than they would with fresh oil.
As oil moves through the engine it collects dust, dirt and other debris that may have made its way into the internal parts of the engine. As it collects these impurities it turns the oil into a muddy mixture that can get stuck in certain areas and cause the engine to run less efficiently and drop your MPGs. Changing the oil cleans this sludge out.
Clogged Oil Filter
When you get your oil changed the service professional will also change your oil filter. The oil filter removes impurities from clean oil as it circulates through the engine. But the longer the car is ran without a new one the more clogged it gets, which prevents good oil from getting into the engine.
Engine oil helps absorb heat generated by the moving parts of the engine. However dirty oil will not absorb it as well. To help regulate the engine temperature and reduce chances of overheating have the oil changed regularly.
Oil changes are an integral part of any vehicle’s life. To learn more about the benefits of this service or to schedule an appointment for an expert oil change in Mountain View reach out to A-1 Auto Tech, Inc.
Our team of auto maintenance and repair technicians will ensure your car stays safe and reliable. Give us a call at (650) 487-2240 to learn more about our team or to request an appointment for superior auto maintenance in Mountain View.
Please also see our articles entitled “5 Tips on How to Tell the Difference Between Automotive Fluid Leaks” and “4 Auto Maintenance Service Tips to Increase MPG’s“.