Why are Oil Changes so Important?

Why are Oil Changes so Important?

Clayton Auto Service Blog

When it comes to auto maintenance there is no service that your vehicle will require as often as the oil change. While most cars and trucks need to have this completed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles there are some vehicle manufacturers that claim their vehicles can go much longer. Expert mechanics however often disagree and encourage customers to change the oil much more frequent than the 10,000 mile mark, as some automakers advertise. Oil changes are integral for proper engine operation. Check out what happens during an oil change and then go get yours done today!

Regulate engine temperature

While the cooling system does the high majority of the work regarding keeping engine operating temperatures low the oil does play a part in this. Oil helps reduce heat in two different ways. First of all fresh oil does not allow for the creation of heat due to friction in the engine and secondly oil absorbs heat. As oil ages it loses its ability to properly due either of these jobs, thus causing an increase in heat inside the motor.

Restore engine operation

As oil circulates through the inner workings of the engine it picks up dirt, metal flakes and other contaminants that cause it to turn into a sludge like substance. This muddy oil makes it difficult for the engine to operate and can result in a dramatic loss of power and fuel efficiency. During an oil change this sludge is removed from the engine and replaced with fresh oil, thus restoring the performance of the vehicle.

Ensure proper lubrication

The most important reason to never skip or put off oil changes is because fresh oil is necessary to ensure proper lubrication of the moving parts of the motor. If you were to allow the old oil to remain in the engine too long it would become very thick with gunk and the engine may encounter harsh metal on metal contact. This could eventually cause massive engine damage requiring extensive repair.

Allows for undercar inspection

It's always a good idea to go to a professional mechanic to have an oil change completed so that they can take a look under your car in order to spot any potential issues and alert you to their existence.

When it is time for an oil change just have the auto maintenance done. It is a very affordable and fast service required by all vehicles! To schedule an oil change in Lake City, just south of Atlanta, get in touch with Clayton Auto Service. Our bumper to bumper shop can handle any service that your vehicle will require. Give us a call at (404) 341-6487 anytime you need professional auto repair in Lake City!

Clayton Auto Service Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ