Even after doing lots of painstaking research, you’re more than likely still left scratching your head. It seems that nobody can give definitive answer on when car needs to get an oil changed. Some swear by frequent changes while others, regardless of vehicle, stick with what their scheduled maintenance guide says.
So, what’s with all the confusion?
We’ve all heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Oil changes are one of the most affordable preventative measures a person can take to extend the life of their vehicle. It makes sense that people would want to protect their investment. If they protect that investment they will avoid paying more down the road in unnecessary engine repairs by scheduling regular oil changes.
How Often should I Change My Oil?
It’s real big misconception that oil changes should take place when a certain mileage or time limit is reached. A car’s engine doesn’t live by a calendar. Meaning, if a car is sitting, there is less need to replace the engine oil. If a car is driven regularly, however, consider in other factors besides mileage. For example, where and how a car is driven will greatly influence the need for an oil change. Weather can also impact a vehicle, including extreme heat or cold temperatures. Driving through areas with lots of dust, sand, and other debris can pollute your oil and affect your engine.
Probably the worst thing for a car that someone could do is put off changing the oil. By not acting, a vehicle’s oil will begin to gunk up and attach itself to cooler parts of the engine, causing damage to vital parts like the crankcase, camshafts, and valves. Continuous driving will create carbon deposits, or sludge, coming out of the old oil and contaminating your engine.
This would lead to expensive engine cleaning or force the owner to replace vital parts. In the end, having to pay for a few high-quality oil changes versus paying for multiple engine repairs is preferable. Everyone should seriously consider regular oil changes, if not for anything else, as insurance for the longevity of a vehicle’s engine.
How Long does an Oil Change Take?
The worst thing someone could do is write off getting an oil change as an inconvenience or a hassle. In fact, an oil change from a certified service technician shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete. Quite honestly, if a person values their time and money, the benefits of having your oil changed quite honestly will far outweigh the price paid if it hasn’t been done. Paying a few bucks for an oil change is a whole lot cheaper than paying for an entirely new engine.
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