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Why Does Your Car Need an Oil Change

Why Does Your Car Need an Oil Change

When it comes to regular maintenance of your automobile, there are certain things you keep up on regularly, just because you’ve been told you have to. One of these services is the oil change. Have you ever wondered just why your engine oil needs to be changed regularly, though? It is an essential maintenance task to keep your car running at its best, and here are the reasons why you need to get it done.

Automobile engines are built of many moving parts that rub against each other and create friction. The engine oil keeps all of these moving parts lubricated and absorbs the heat created by the friction. This means that everything in the engine can work properly and your car won’t overheat.

However, after repeated use, the engine oil begins to break down. As this process occurs, the oil’s ability to lubricate and do its job absorbing heat is reduced. If it is allowed to break down to a critical level, severe damage can occur within your car’s engine. The purpose of an oil change is to drain all the weakened oil from the engine and replace it with fresh oil. Most mechanics also change the oil filter at the same time.

In general, it is a good idea to have your engine oil changed every 3,000 miles. Most drivers follow this common advice, but engine design is changing with the times and the quality of engine oil is improving. Some manufacturers today suggest an oil change every 5,000 miles. If your car uses synthetic motor oil, it is possible to go 7,500-10,000 miles between oil changes. The best rule of thumb is to consult your car’s manual or manufacturer to find out what their specific recommendation is.

When the time comes for your oil change, don’t put it off. The last thing you want is costly damage to your engine. Ken Scales Automotive can keep you up to date with oil changes and all routine vehicle maintenance. Call us today at (541) 772-6736 to schedule an appointment.