Motor oil does many important things. As such, it is critical that you have clean motor oil and a clean oil filter in your engine at all times. To ensure that this is the case, plan to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles. If you use synthetic motor oil, it should be changed every 5,000 miles.
It Lubricates the Engine
Motor oil lubricates the engine. It provides lubrication for moving parts to prevent them from overheating. This helps your engine last longer, which we will talk about below. Motor oil is so crucial to your engine’s lubrication that if your engine did not have any motor oil in it, it would die completely within 30 minutes.
It Keeps the Engine Cool
A lubricated engine is a cool engine. The motor oil helps the coolant keep the engine’s temperature below 220 degrees Fahrenheit. If your car is overdue for an oil change, take a close look at the temperature gauge needle. It is likely a little bit higher than it normally is. This is an indication that the oil is too old.
It Removes Sludge
Motor oil also removes sludge from the engine to keep it clean. This improves the engine’s efficiency and protects it. Unfortunately, sludge is very damaging to your automobile’s engine. As such, the engine needs motor oil to remove the sludge, which it does while it circulates through the engine. The sludge is then deposited in the oil filter.
It Improves Fuel Efficiency
A lubricated, cool, and clean engine runs more efficiently than a dirty engine does. Therefore, motor oil changes help to improve your automobile’s fuel efficiency. This may be the biggest benefit of an oil change. Gas prices are incredibly high these days and oil changes are not that expensive. Oil changes can save you money.
It Improves Engine Life
Finally, we mentioned above that a lubricated engine will last longer. This is another benefit of an oil change. When you change the motor oil frequently, it improves the life you get out of the engine. In other words, you will get more miles out of an engine with regular oil changes than an engine without regular oil changes.
Check to make sure that your automobile is not overdue for an oil change. If it is, give us a call to schedule an appointment so we can have you in and out of our shop quickly. We will change the motor oil and the oil filter so your engine is protected.