Oil is what keeps all of the parts that are inside of your vehicle’s motor lubricated. This keeps each part moving quickly and without friction. Without oil, there would be too much friction between the parts and this would cause them to heat up very dramatically, and this would lock up the engine, keeping your vehicle from running. In fact, allowing your vehicle to run hotter than it should, even if the temperature is not extreme enough to cause the engine to lock up, can do damage to the engine. 

What Exactly Is an Oil Change?

During an oil change, a professional mechanic will drain the old oil from your car’s engine and replace it with new clean oil. It is very important that the new oil be exactly what is recommended by the car’s manufacturer to keep it running at its peak performance. The mechanic will also change your oil filters as part of the process.

Why Should I Get a Regular Oil Change?

  • It keeps your engine cleaner and more efficient.
  • It increases the life of your engine.
  • It improves gas mileage.
  • It keeps the parts in your engine cooler. 
  • It protects the engine from damage.

The Proper Frequency of Oil Changes

The answer is: it really depends on your specific vehicle. The age of your car and how you primarily use it as well as the kind of oil that it uses will all factor into what is the right answer for you.

Older Cars

Most older cars need to have their oil changed about every 5,000 miles. However, depending on the type of oil being used it could be much longer. With some synthetic oils, you may not need an oil change for as much as twice that long. It’s also important to consider how you use your vehicle when you determine how often that you need to change the oil. If you use it fairly normally, then you can go right along with a regular schedule.  However, you should consider that if you use your car for primarily short trips, in an extreme climate, to carry heavy loads (such as appliances or a small trailer) or in heavy traffic that it may fall under the category of being used in “severe service.” This would mean that it would need regular service much more often than the normal service recommendations dictate. 

Newer Cars

New cars need oil changes less often due to the type of oil used. You will likely be alerted through the monitoring systems on your vehicle when the oil needs changed again. Because you don’t need to worry about it so often, the oil can become out of sight and out of mind. Make sure you don’t allow this to happen and check your oil levels regularly to keep your vehicle in top shape. 

Do You Need An Oil Change?

After reading this article, you should have a good idea about when your next oil change is due. If the time has arrived, schedule an appointment with Taylor Co Automotive today. The lack of an oil change can swiftly deteriorate a working car’s expensive parts.