The Importance of Oil Changes
When you are at a gas station filling up your tank, it is the best time to check your oil level as well. Typically when you get your oil changed, that is when mechanics look at other filters and fluids to see which needs to be replaced more often than you think.
Many mechanics suggest that an oil change is usually necessary after every 3,000 to 5,000 miles you drive, which is part of the American consciousness too. You should refer back to your owner’s manual to make sure for yourself. It is one of the cheapest auto maintenance services that your vehicle needs. Dirt and sludge can build up in the engine, and old, dirty oil won’t lubricate the moving parts as well as new, fresh oil will. Dirty oil leads to serious damage, and if things get bad enough, there may be an engine replacement in your future.
Cost is a big factor when it comes to changing the oil in your car. Synthetic oil costs twice as much as conventional oil and is better when it comes to its form and function. Conventional oil could never stand up to synthetic when it comes to longevity and ability to handle extreme high temperatures without breaking down. Another reason synthetic oil is highly regarded is that it’s thinner than conventional oil. Its thin, free flowing form allows it to reduce friction in engines, leading to better mileage and improved performance.
If you don’t change your oil as you are supposed to, one of the problems is that there will begin to be buildup in the cooler parts of the engine, like the crankcase and around the camshafts and valves. This can lead to carbon deposits, or sludge, coming out of the old oil. That could require an expensive engine cleaning or force you to replace worn-out piston rings. Even the pistons could seize or the camshafts could be damaged. Taking care of your vehicle with oil changes on a regular basis is better than damages down the road.