Regular oil changes may be the most important thing you can do to keep your car running great. In fact, regular oil changes are one of the few things that every expert will tell you to make sure you do. It should be a part of every service interval and regular routine maintenance schedule. Conversely, not changing the oil in your car on a regular basis is one of the worst things you can do, and will lead to your car's early demise.
Where should you have your oil changed? How about at a place that has the experience to service every major make and model? A place that used ASE certificed techs and mechanics, that cares about the environment and properly recycles used engine oil. At Max Auto Sales we would be happy to change your oil. Just call us for an appointment.
Oil is like the lifeblood of your engine. It keeps everything smooth and slippery. It is pumped all throughout your engine so that every internal surface is covered in it. That way all the internal components of your engine have a thin smooth coating of oil to keep things slippery so they can slide and move with the least resistance possible. Most of the internal parts of your engine are made of metal components: the pistons, the rings, the valves, the camshafts, the connecting rods, and the engine block. As you know metal is a hard surface. Without oil, when one component slides against the other one there would be raw metal sliding against raw metal. Friction would increase, components would heat up and expand and wear down, and your engine would grind itself apart. Eventually you would blow out your engine, or it would simply seize up. Good engine oil adds lubricity to the metal surfaces so that they slide against each other instead of grind against each other. Why is that important? Well, remember that your engine is an "internal combustion engine". This means that there is a small explosion of gasoline and air, ignited by the spark plug and under high compression, contained tightly inside. In each combustion chamber the explosion is contained within the engine block and the expansion of the explosion moves the piston down thereby turning the engine, over and over again. If the piston edges are worn out or the chamber walls have gouges in them, then part of the force of that explosion can escape; it can bypass the tight fit that should be there. This causes a loss in combustion pressure, which means your engine generates less power from each explosion. This also means some of the oil on the other side of the piston head can creep into the combustion chamber and get burned up with the explosion. In fact, often times when you see a car blowing smoke, it's due to piston heads and piston walls that have been worn down from wear and tear due to lack of good clean oil and lubrication.
So, how does this happen? Well, bad oil! You see, oil is an organic material. Just like anything else, it breaks down. This is accelerated by the high heat and pressure inside an engine. When oil breaks down, it loses its lubricity and its viscosity. In other words, it can't stick to nor lubricate the parts of your engine any more.
Car engines have different specifications. So make sure you are using the right oil in your engine. Engine oil has different weights and thicknesses. That's why you'll see motor oil with specifications like 10W40 and 20W-50. These are ratings of their viscosity and weight, or thickness and slipperiness. Car manufacturers take these into account when they design an engine and specify your car's horsepower and even fuel economy. Over time, the oil breaks down and loses its properties, and can't properly stick to the engine components, lubricate them, and help them slide against each other. And.. then it's time for an oil change. Changing the oil puts new, fresh oil back into your engine to help protect those engine components. That brings us back to our original statement.
Regular oil changes are one of the most important things you can do to keep your engine running smoothly. If you want your car to last as long as possible, change the oil regularly. If you want your car's engine to last as long as possible, change the engine oil regularly. If you want to get the best fuel economy possible for your car, change the engine oil regularly, and the air filter, and keep your tires properly inflated.
Changing your oil regularly is so crucial that even companies like CARFAX take regular oil changes into account when suggesting a value for your car. Regular oil changes are something that people want to see in your car's history when deciding to buy your car. Even you yourself are going to be curious when you buy your next used car. You are going to want to know if the engine runs smooth and if it has had regular oil changes. If the next used car you are looking at and thinking of buy, no matter how nice of a used car, is blowing smoke out the tailpipe because the oil was not changed regularly, chances are you are going to not want to buy that car because you'll be worried that the car wasn't taken care of; that it wasn't maintained properly.
So, when it comes to changing your oil, DO IT! Change your oil regularly, every 3000 miles or every 5000 miles, depending on what the manufacturer calls for. Some of the newer cars even have a feature that will monitor the oil's condition and life and let you know when it is no longer protecting your engine sufficiently and time for an oil change. For instance, on my truck with lots of highway miles I can go about 8,000 miles before the computer tells me it's time to change oil.
Max Auto Sales wants to help you take care of your car. Call us up and make an appointment with our Service Manager, and we can change your oil for you. Any car, any oil type. Let us do the work for you. You’ll be glad you did!