It’s not difficult and it’s not all that expensive, but for some reason getting an oil change is a chore to so many. However, a routine oil change is essential to the lifespan of your vehicle. Below are answers to some frequently asked oil related questions and reasons you should prioritize getting your oil changed regularly.
What is the purpose of oil?
Oil’s primary function is to keep the engine’s components running smoothly. The oil lubricates these different working parts to avoid creating friction. Oil is also used to draw heat away from the engine’s combustion chamber to prevent overheating. It also prevents carbon and varnish buildup in the engine.
How often should I get my oil changed?
The most commonly known rule of thumb is to get an oil change every 3,000 miles, but this doesn’t necessarily apply to all vehicles. First, it’s important to check your owner’s manual for specific oil change times. Newer vehicles can typically last longer between changes than older vehicles. Various factors affect how often your vehicle needs an oil change including how you drive, how often you drive, and what conditions you drive in (extreme heat, driving where there is sand or dust, etc.). Be aware of these factors and consult your owner’s manual. Better yet, consult a professional.
What will happen if I don’t change my oil?
In short, you’ll spend a lot more in the long run not getting your oil changed. Carbon deposits and unwanted sludge could lead to an expensive engine cleaning. This buildup could also lead to worn out piston rings or cramshaft damage. When you get the bill for these repairs, you’ll be wishing you had spent money on all those oil changes.