If you're like most people who've recently bought a vehicle, you naturally want your car to last as long as possible. After all, buying a car is a major expense, and it only makes sense to protect your investment as much as you can. Fortunately, whether it's a brand-new car or a new-to-you vehicle, you can increase its potential for longevity by implementing a comprehensive vehicle maintenance program — and one of the mainstays of vehicle maintenance is adhering to a regular oil change schedule.
Following are five ways that oil changes can increase your car's overall longevity.
Engine oil is responsible for lubricating all the moving parts in your engine, reducing the risk of damage from metal-to-metal contact.
Over time, engine oil can become contaminated with dirt, debris, and other substances that can harm your engine. An oil change removes these contaminants and replaces them with clean, fresh oil, keeping your engine running smoothly.
Improved Engine Performance
Dirty oil can cause a drop in oil pressure and reduce engine performance, which can lead to increased wear and tear.
Reduced Engine Heat
Engine oil also helps to regulate engine temperature, reducing heat and preventing overheating.
Early Detection of Issues
During an oil change, your mechanic may also inspect your engine for potential issues, such as leaks or other signs of wear and tear. Early detection and repair of these issues can prevent more serious damage and extend the life of your engine.
The frequency at which you should change the oil in your car depends on several factors, including the make and model of the car, driving conditions, and the type of oil used. Additionally, your car may need more frequent oil changes if you routinely drive in stop-and-go traffic, extremely hot or cold temperatures, rough or dusty roads, tow heavy loads, or make frequent short trips where the engine doesn't have a chance to fully warm up
Most manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles or at least once a year if there are no extenuating circumstances such as climate or driving conditions. However, it is best to consult your car's owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendations specific to your vehicle. Many used vehicles, however, don't come with a manual. In that case, your local oil change service can provide you with recommendations on how often you need to have the oil changed.
Contact an auto service shop to learn more about oil change services.