All the things that a car owner must routinely do in order to maintain the performance of their car or to meet government requirement are easily overwhelming and not to mention very expensive. Checking tire pressure, rotating tires, checking alignment, checking fluid levels and engine performance, keeping inspections, registration, driver’s license and insurance up to date are all vital requirement of a car owner. But as far as car maintenance goes, routine oil changes are perhaps the most important requirement for keeping your car running.
What Oil Changes Do
You have likely heard of the extreme importance of oil changes for your vehicle, but perhaps you are still in the dark as to why they are so important and how the process works. Here are some facts about oil changes:
o They are generally under 50 dollars-while this may seem like a lot to some people, it is nothing when compared with the thousands you will likely pay if your car breaks down.
o Most automotive places that perform oil changes suggest getting one every 5,000 km (3,000 mi) or every 3 months. There is some debate regarding this number, but it should be done consistently. There are other factors such as the age of the vehicle, the weather in the area it is being driven and the level of wear and tear put on the vehicle depending on the type of driving and the consistent amount it is driven. It is best to err on the side of caution instead of trying to figure out the specific formula for your particular vehicle. But it is safe to say that a truck that is being used day in and day out on the highway will need more frequent oil changes than a car that is only driven lightly around a city.
o Different engines need different types of oil-as engines get older, thicker oil is needed. Ask a professional what is right for your engine. This is extremely important as oil that is too thin can burn and damage the engine while oil that is too thick can lead to beat build up and premature wear.
o Oil is what makes your engine go-oil is the only barrier the engine has to protect itself against wear. Low or excessively dirty oil can cause grinding and eventually lead to a totaled engine.
Do not wait until your car breaks down while driving. Avoid an accident and keep your car properly maintained.