We always hear about how important regular oil changes are for our vehicles, but we’ve all probably waited a little too long to get an oil change at least once or twice. With busy schedules, it’s all too easy to prioritize other tasks over getting our car’s oil changed. However, it’s important to understand exactly what happens to your car when you don’t get regular oil changes.
Why Do We Have to Get Oil Changes?
Your engine’s oil needs to be changed for several reasons. First, due to its high operating temperatures, engine oil undergoes thermal breakdown. When this happens, the oil can’t function well as a lubricant. Effective lubricants are necessary for vehicles because, without them, parts of the engine rub together and can wear out over time.
In addition, your vehicle’s engine oil gets contaminated over time. Oil serves an important purpose in your car: it cools the engine, cleans, seals, and lubricates. When the oil is dirty and old from constantly flushing the engine out, it becomes unable to function properly.
Finally, we have to change the oil because our vehicles burn it up over time. If you wait too long to change the oil, it is possible for your car to burn up all the oil resulting in engine damage.
What Happens When You Delay Oil Changes?
If you don’t keep up with regular oil changes, your engine won’t last as long as it could. Because oil serves many essential functions in your car, you must change the oil to keep it clean and working effectively. Not changing your vehicle’s oil puts additional strain on your engine and can cause long-term damage. Although you may not experience any immediate problems, it’s important to know that not changing your oil regularly ultimately results in long-term damage to your engine.
Getting an oil change is a simple and inexpensive component of vehicle maintenance that protects you against having to spend thousands of dollars later to repair your engine. According to AutoMD, the number one mistake car owners make is neglecting their fluids and not doing simple preventative maintenance like oil changes.
How Often Does My Car Need an Oil Change?
How often you need to get your car’s oil changed depends on a variety of factors including how often you drive and the typical driving conditions (i.e. weather). When deciding when to schedule your oil change, it is best to check your owner’s manual, which will provide recommendations from the manufacturer. Mileage numbers from manufacturers can range anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 miles. National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers usually suggests getting an oil and filter change around the 5,000-mile range.
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Our team of skilled technicians at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers is here to assist you with all your car maintenance needs, from repairs to preventative maintenance. To make things a little easier for you, we also offer free vehicle pickup and delivery. If you have any questions about our services, contact us today.
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