Why You Shouldn’t Skip Oil Changes

Regular Changes Can Prevent Major Problems

Regular oil changes keep your car's engine running well in Arlington. Here's a look at why you should schedule regular oil changes.

Temperature Control

Oil works to keep engine temperatures under control. For example, old or dirty oil can lead to excess heat. Over time, that excess heat causes the engine to work less efficiently and to wear down more quickly. Parts of the engine may even warp.

Less Sludge

Old oil in an engine tends to congeal or solidify. That sludge buildup restricts the ability of other oil to flow smoothly throughout the engine. Camshafts, crankshafts, bearings, and other essential components do not get the oil they need. A potential disastrous result is severe (and expensive!) engine damage. Sludge buildup may even necessitate an engine replacement.

More Lubrication

Oil helps lubricate car engines. However, dirty or old oil means more friction and serious wear and tear. Here's how that works:

  • An engine's high temperatures, over time, cause the thermal breakdown of oil.
  • Oil that has been broken down does not lubricate metal well.
  • Moving parts of the engine, due to less lubrication, generate much more friction.
  • These parts stop working way before their time. Also, the particles in old oil settle and can corrode your vehicle's engine.

How Often Cars Need an Oil Change

Many cars do fine for at least 5,000 miles before an oil change. The advice to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or every three months is outdated for most newer cars. Some can even go 10,000 miles or more without an oil change. The engine designs in today's car's call for full synthetic or synthetic blend oils, which last longer.

You may still need oil changes every 3,000 miles depending on:

  • Car's age and make (if made in 2007 or previously)
  • Your driving habits (if you tow heavy loads or do offroading, for example)
  • Type of engine oil

Mechanics may suggest getting a change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles regardless of the car's age. More frequent changes mean that mechanics can keep an eye on how well the car is running. However, your owner's manual serves as an official resource for determining how often to get the oil changed. Auto Stop in Arlington performs oil changes and many other services. Schedule your visit today.

Written by Auto Stop