Why Changing Your Car’s Oil Is Very Important
It would be fair to say that the majority of car owners know that they should change their vehicle’s engine oil after about 3,000 – 5,000 mileage. This is a standard vehicle maintenance tip that seems to have been adopted by a big percentage of car owners across the United States. However, very few of them understand the reasons why engine oil should be changed or which type of oil is suitable for their particular car. For this reason, we are going to demystify why you need to change the oil and which type of oil you should use.
Let us start with the ‘Why you need to change your oil’. Oil serves an imperative role in lubricating the moving parts inside the engine and facilitates these parts to cool down. Without the oil (quality oil), your engine will experience a faster rate of wear and tear as a result of all the grinding parts and heat generated. Were it not for the oil, you will be forced to replace your engine’s parts every other week, not to mention how costly and inconveniencing that would be. To avoid such inconvenience and expenses, you are better off oiling your engine with the best fresh quality engine oil.
Next, let us delve into the ‘why change engine oil after every 5,000 miles?’ question. Well, over time the oil inside your engine builds up a lot of dirt and after driving your car around for about 3,000 – 5,000 miles, the residue can enough to damage your engine. Sludge will start forming and depositing inside your engine’s compartment. This is equally as dangerous to your engine as not having oiled it in the first place. Having a dirty engine oil is one of the fastest ways to permanently damage a car’s engine. For these reasons, it is important that you not only keep your engine well oiled, but also ensure that they have clean and fresh engine oil.
Next, we get to ‘which type of oil you should use?’ There are quite a few different types of engine oil out there. There is the conventional oil, synthetic blend (also known as semi-synthetic oil) and the fully synthetic oil. In case you don’t know, synthetic oil refers to engine oil that has been created in a lab, the synthetic blend and fully synthetic oil are custom made to perform best in certain scenarios. While the conventional oil is the natural oil refined from natural petroleum oil products.
Conventional oil is cheaper and does a good job in lubricating your engine. Synthetic oil is more expensive and performs a comparatively better job in older and/or high-performance engines. At the same time, synthetic oil has a longer working life, but most experts would agree that they are not worth the extra cost. Without delving into the scientific explanation behind why different oil are better suited for different engines, your sure bet is in looking at your owner’s manual for these answers. Additionally, you may seek the services of a professional car-care about exactly which type of oil is suitable for your specific engine. You should also ask them why they recommend a particular oil type.
Last but not least, you should also consider other factors such as the oil viscosity and quality. These are the questions that you should be asking a professional car care. To ensure you end up with the right type of oil for your engine.