Why Are Oil Changes Important?
Oil is like the blood of life for your car. It keeps many parts of the engine working properly. It also helps reduce the accumulation of varnish and carbons collecting on the engine. As you might already know, the engine gets extremely hot from thousands of tiny explosions that take place every minute. Oil helps to pull the heat away from the combustion chamber, ultimately preventing the engine from blowing up. As the oil collects heat, varnish and carbons build up and over time it becomes more like sludge and less and less like liquid.
It doesn’t matter how good the oil is, top brand or not. Over time, the oil degrades as the additives get used. When this starts to happen is when it’s time for an oil change. You might be asking yourself, “How often and what kind of oil do I need?” This all will depend on the year, make and model of the vehicle, what kind of oil is used and how often or far you drive. Your owner’s manual would be a good point of reference. Typically, the suggested oil change time is either every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. The mileage is more important than the amount of months elapsed. It’s very important to keep an eye on your odometer to determine if it’s time for an oil change. If you’re a person who commutes a lot or likes to take mini road trips, it’s safe to say that you’re going to reach the recommended mileage (3,000) way before the 3 month mark.
Extreme weather can and will affect your oil as well as towing. Left ignored, like I mentioned earlier, the engine can blow up becoming more costly and time consuming. In some cases, the car all together will have to be replaced. So when you put a price on it, a $30 oil change every 3,000 miles is worth it as opposed to spending thousands of dollars on a new engine or a new car.