Oil changes are an important part of your vehicle and deserve your attention. Engine oil is responsible for carrying out a number of important engine related duties. Oil helps to reduce friction against the engine. The older the oil gets, the dirtier it becomes. Oil is equally important in that is reduces the engine’s operating temperatures. Frequent oil changes ensure that your vehicle’s engine has a steady supply of clean engine oil. Clean engine oil that flows better and absorbs engine related heat. Oil also helps to increase engine lubrication, which in turn prolongs the longevity of your engine and its internal parts. It also helps to prevent engine sludge. Small pieces of metal flake off from the engine parts and get picked up by circulating engine oil. Old oil can get loaded with particles and can cause build up within the engine and major damage.
Synthetic oil is similar to traditional petroleum-based motor oils and the two can be used interchangeably. There are some advantages to using synthetic oil though. Synthetic oil has a greater lifespan. This means it does not need to be changed as often as traditional motor oil. This is because synthetic motor oil is both slower to decompose chemically and less susceptible to evaporation over time. Synthetic oil is highly recommended in warmer temperatures because it flows more easily and performs better with higher temperatures.
If you are using traditional petroleum motor oil, it is recommended that you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. If you are using synthetic oil, it breaks down much slower than normal oil. It is generally considered safe to extent the intervals between oil changes when using synthetic oil by up to fifty percent. Synthetic oils are engineered not to build up on engine components and some are designed to clean engines as they lubricate. It does not matter what type of oil you use in your vehicle as long as you are cautious and make regular oil changes.
You can tell if the vehicle needs an oil change by looking for the oil dipstick that is labeled for oil under the hood. Pull the dipstick out and check for the oil level. If the oil level is below the marked spot on the dipstick, make sure to replace the oil as soon as possible. You may also notice a light on your dashboard that will resemble an oilcan. If you notice this light, you should have your oil level looked at immediately. Oil is an important liquid for your vehicle. Regularly check your oil level in the vehicle to help improve the reliability. If you are unsure if the oil should be changed, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the vehicle and oil for you.