What Are The Benefits of Regular Oil Changes?
By Sydny Atwood
Fairfax, Virginia — One of the first things you learn when you purchase your first car is the importance of regular oil changes. The purpose of motor oil is to ensure that your engine is performing at its best; however, clean oil works much more effectively. While everyone knows that regular oil changes are important, here’s a look at the direct benefits of an oil change:
Benefits of Regular Oil Changes:
#1 Your car’s oil is designed to counteract the corrosive effects of oxygen. Motor oil contains antioxidants which limit the exposure of the critical moving parts of your engine to oxygen. As oil gets contaminated and older, it loses its antioxidant properties.
#2 Clean oil means less harmful emissions. Fresh oil can absorb harmful particles making your car a little greener.
#3 If you drive only short distances, your car may never reach a high enough temperature to burn off the moisture that accumulates in your engine. Changing your oil more frequently can help combat the effects of this moisture build up.
#4 Clean oil prevents debris from damaging critical parts of your engine. The debris that builds up in your oil can harm your engine. When motor oil passes through your engine, it collects dirt and debris, running this dirty oil through your engine can cause irreversible corrosive damage.
#5 Oil changes can help you save money at the pump. Clean motor oil allows your engine to function at its best and limits the resistance created by all the moving parts. When your engine is performing at its best, you get the best miles per gallon.
#6 Oil changes extend the life of your vehicle. By lubricating the moving parts of your engine, regular oil changes guard your engine against wear and tear.
The rule of thumb used to be an oil change every 3,000 miles; now it ranges from 5,000–7,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for your particular vehicle’s recommended intervals.
Oil changes not only benefit your day to day driving but can extend the life of your vehicle.
Have an auto repair or tire question? Ask a question in the comment section below and we’ll do our best to provide you with a professional recommendation and point you in the right direction. — Sydny
*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.
Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto | Author: Sydny Atwood | Copyright May 2017