Why are Oil Changes so Important?
Vehicles are relatively expensive investments so if you want your car to last for hundreds of thousands of miles it is absolutely necessary to provide it with regular maintenance. It is fairly common knowledge that the oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles or so based on manufacturer recommendations, but why? You car doesn't leak oil, it seems full every time the mechanic drains the old oil, so why does it need to be changed so often? In short, to prevent major engine damage.
Your vehicle's engine consists of many moving parts that rub very close together. Engine oil prevents metal on metal contact, which, if it were to happen, could cause the parts to wear down extremely fast and likely result in complete engine failure. The oil provides the necessary lubrication throughout the engine to keep it turning and creating the power necessary to turn the wheels. However, oil changes provide a couple other very important tasks.
Removes Engine Sludge
As oil ages it breaks down and as it flows through the engine it collects impurities such as tiny metal shavings, dust and other contaminants. The gunky build up created by this debris causes your engine to work harder, which can greatly reduce your fuel efficiency.
Fresh Oil Filter
During an oil change the auto technicians will change the oil filter as well. A dirty oil filter could prevent the fresh oil from properly flowing and starving the engine of the oil is desperately needs for proper operation.
Engine oil is scientifically engineered to absorb heat produced by the engine. As oil ages it loses it's ability to do this effectively and as it collects impurities it can actually reflect heat, creating a hotter engine environment which may lead to larger issues.
Before you think that you can make it another few extra miles without changing your oil, consider the benefits of changing it versus the consequences of not. For an expert oil change in North Everett bring your vehicle to O.N.B Automotive on Grand Ave. Call us today at 425-317-9618 to schedule an appointment for a tune up, engine repair, auto maintenance or other professional auto repair in Everett!
O.N.B. Automotive Blog
Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ