Why Do I Need My Oil Changed?
When it comes to preventative car maintenance, one of the first thing’s we learn about is changing our oil. Whether we’re told to visit an auto shop or taught to do it ourselves, changing our oil is a basic part of car ownership. Though we know we should do it, some of us don’t understand why exactly we do it.
As you can imagine, we change our car oil to extend the life of our vehicle and more specifically, our vehicle’s engine. While in use, the engine has many moving parts that rub against each other. With these pieces rubbing so fast, this causes friction and heat within the engine. The car oil helps lubricate the pieces and absorb the heat in the engine as it works. This allows the engine parts to seamlessly work together without overheating.
What Happens If I Don’t Change My Oil?
We recommend you DON’T test this. Instead, let us tell you what happens. Usually, the first thing car owners will run into when they haven’t changed their oil is their engine will overheat. Though the engine will still operate, it will be a lot less efficient and your engine components can warp. If a car owner goes without an oil change for enough time, eventually the entire engine will shut down and the owner will have to look for a completely new engine. That can get expensive. Most car owners that run into this problem end up just looking for a new car instead of dealing with the replacement.
Glad you didn’t test this, huh?
When Exactly Should I Change My Oil?
This will be dependant on a variety of factors, so there isn’t a clear-cut answer. The industry standard for oil changes is at around 3,000 miles. If you want to play it safe, you should stick with this. You can also reference your manufacturer’s guide and see what their recommendation is. Some of them may suggest waiting until 5,000 miles depending on the make and model!
Depending on your vehicle and if you use a special synthetic oil, you might be able to wait between 10,000 – 12,000 miles for your oil change!*
*Please consult with your professional Bill & Charlie’s technician before proceeding
Schedule an Oil Change With Bill & Charlie’s Today!
Oil changes are a simple and crucial step in prolonging the life of your vehicle. All car owners should stay proactive with the health of their oil. Think your car is in need of an oil change? Then visit Bill & Charlie’s Automotive and let one of your professional technicians quickly change your oil! Give us a call at 517-374-6100 and schedule an oil change today! Or maybe you’ve waited too long and need emergency service? We’re on it. Visit our office at 1403 Lake Lansing Road. We happily accept walk-ins!*
*Wait times will vary based on availability.