5 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes
Any car owner will say that changing the oil is important – but do they know why? What usually ends up happening is that car owners think their oil will just be okay for a while. They keep telling themselves that until something goes wrong, and then they finally go about fixing it. It’s a similar attitude that many people have with their health: if nothing is going seriously wrong, why go in for a check-up?
The problem with this attitude to car maintenance is that it actually destroys the car at a much faster rate than if oil changes were done regularly. Most car mechanics in Longmont will say that an oil change is required every 3,000 miles, while an air conditioning service is not as urgent.
Here is a list of 5 reasons why a regular oil change will add quality years to the life of a car:
- The Engine Needs Clean Oil. This is the most important reason to get an oil change. Imagine a human body that had blood seeping through its veins that gradually became dirty and clogged up. The body would not operate well if the blood was not flowing everywhere it needed to, right? This is exactly what happens to a car that has not had an oil change. The oil picks up debris from the internal organs of the vehicle and drags it around as it tries to reach every compartment of the vehicle. Naturally, the car will begin to run more poorly and eventually die.
- The Engine Will Stay Strong. This debris that collects in oil will cause damage to the engine if left untreated for too long. Lubrication is integral for the engine to start smoothly and operate without any hitches. The engine obviously operates at a very hot temperature, and without the proper lubrication, this heat will cause degradation of all component parts. It goes without saying that engine damage is incredibly costly and should be avoided at all costs. Changing the oil on a regular basis can literally add years of life to the engine of the car.
- Better Fuel Efficiency. The logic of this is quite simple: the cleaner the oil is, the easier it is for the car to run, therefore the less fuel it has to burn just to get to work and back. This saves money on gas and limits (though only slightly) a number of emissions being sent into the atmosphere. There is also the practical concern of passing emissions tests to consider.
These are only a few of the many reasons why getting an oil change is an integral part of car maintenance.