Why Oil Changes are Important!
A working engine consists of a variety of moving metal parts that cause friction and heat. Engine oil helps ease the friction and reduces heat while also flushing impurities from out of the engine. The oil pump pushes oil through the oil filter where contaminants are caught and then the oil moves in and around the engine where it lubricates and cools the engine parts.
An engine that has been run with low or no oil, or dirty oil, can be seriously damaged. It cost far less to get an oil change than it does to replace your car’s entire engine! Checking the level of your engine oil and getting the oil and filter changed periodically is a smart and preventive maintenance procedure for anyone who drives an automobile.
Types of Oil
The viscosity (a fluid’s resistance to flow) of oil changes with temperature. Oil gets thin in hot weather and thick in cold weather. Here in Oregon we can get some a variety of temperatures, sometimes hot and sometimes cold. It is important to get the right kind of oil for your specific driving conditions.
To make sure your vehicle has the right oil there are several questions that should be asked and answered. Is most of your driving stop-and-go or freeway? What is the average climate you drive in, hot or cold? How many miles are already on your vehicle?
At Action Automotive our ASE Certified technicians make sure to answer these questions so that they can know the perfect oil your vehicle’s engine should require to give you safe and efficient performance.
Your oil filter’s job is to capture impurities the wash through the engine as your oil flows through it. The oil filter should be changed each time you have your oil changed because a clogged oil filter cannot do its job effectively. Years can be added to the life of your automotive investment by having your oil and filter changed at regular intervals.
Oil Change Frequency
Some states are taking a serious environmental look at how frequently oil changes are being made. For years, automotive experts have agreed that one should get their oil and filter changed after each 3,000 miles, or 3 months of driving. However, few manufacturers require such an aggressive maintenance schedule today.
Experts are taking into consideration the impact of the amount of contaminated petroleum products that are discarded every year, and giving credit to the big improvements made in oil chemistry and engine technology. Some in the automotive industry believe that most cars are able to go several thousand more miles before changing the oil. Today’s engines run at more moderate temperatures, which reduces oil degradation. Oil consumption can also be reduced if vehicle owners keep their tires properly inflated and reduce engine idle time
Some manufacturers now believe that slashing motor-oil consumption would be good for the environment and won't hurt the longevity or reliability of autos. Ford spokesman, Richard Truett says "Our new generation of engines have tighter internal tolerances, which reduces the amount of carbon and other products from combustion that gets into the oil." (LA Times article 15 Dec. 2011)
Ask our expert ASE Certified Technicians at Action Automotive to determine the best regimen of oil changes for your vehicle. We can build an oil change program just right for your driving style. Call us for your regular oil changes and all of your automotive needs at: