Importance of Oil Changes

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, because it helps keep the components of your engine working efficiently. Getting a regular oil change is one of the least expensive, yet most critical auto maintenance services that your vehicle needs. And having your oil changed regularly and on schedule plays a critical role in preserving your vehicle and saving you money.

  Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly; literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that can mean expensive engine repairs.

That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.

Environment and driving style and type of oil can affect oil change intervals. Things like stop and go driving, short trips or driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing may mean that need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule. We recommend discussing what is appropriate for your vehicle with our service advisers.

If you regularly run low on oil be sure to report it to your mechanic because you may have a leak or may be burning oil. If you run out of oil your entire engine can seize up and you could have to replace your engine.
It is Cheaper to Change Your Oil Than to Change Your Engine!

A Guide to Oil Filters

A typical oil filter consists of a high-strength steel housing containing various types of filtering media. An anti-drain-back valve prevents oil from running out of the filter when the engine is off. Today’s oil filters have a convenient spin-on design that makes removal and installation easy.

The oil filter sifts out contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine unrestricted. Should the oil filter become restricted or clogged with contaminants, they will flow around the filter. This bypassing is a safety mechanism, but you never want to let oil and filter changes go so long that bypassing takes place. 

Talk with our Service Advisor about how you drive and get their recommendation for when to take care of your service.
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