What Is an Oil Change and Why Do You Need It

What Is an Oil Change and Why Do You Need It

Every driver knows that they need to go to the mechanic for an oil change when their mileage reaches the number on the sticker in the windshield, or when their dashboard indicator tells them to, but most don’t know what an oil change does, or why they need to have it. If you have ever wondered just how important this maintenance task is, or if it is absolutely necessary, you will want to read this information on changing your motor oil.

What Does it Mean to Get an Oil Change?

First, it is important to understand why you put motor oil in a car. The engine of your automobile has many functioning parts that move rapidly, creating heat and friction. The oil acts as a lubricant for these parts and keeps them from seizing up or overheating. Over a certain amount of time or mileage, the oil becomes dirty and loses effectiveness. When you go to the garage for an oil change, the mechanic empties all of the motor oil from your engine and replaces it.

Why Is it Necessary to Change the Oil?

As your motor oil performs its lubricating function within the engine, it breaks down and loses its ability to lubricate and absorb heat effectively. Changing the oil periodically helps your engine to operate more safely, cleanly, and smoothly. If you fail to change the motor oil, your engine will run the risk of overheating or seizing up and not being able to run.

Your mechanic will be able to advise you on how often you need an oil change. The standard used to be every 3,000 miles, but more advanced products have now increased that to every 5,000 to 7,500 miles in many cases. To schedule an oil change, or any other automotive work, call the mechanics at Ken Scales Automotive today at (541) 772-6736.