Oil changes can seem inconvenient. We’ve all been there, having to take our vehicles in every 3,000 miles or 3 months for another check-up. It can seem excessive, but the truth is by bringing in your vehicle to a Lawrence Auto Repair every three months for an oil change, you’re prolonging the life of your car on the road significantly. Here are a few ways engine oil benefits your vehicle:
Keeps it Cool: As engine oil makes its way through your vehicle’s system, it takes some of the engine’s heat with it as it travels through the various tubes. Then, it cools off as it makes its way through the oil pan. Though this cooling process isn’t enough to keep your engine healthy without a cooling system, it still aids in the process.
Cleans the Engine: Most engine oils have a certain amount of detergent in them, and this helps clear the black sludge that forms in your engine’s tubes. It also helps in preventing build- ups from occurring in the future.
Lowers Friction: As you’ve probably heard time and time again, your local Lawrence Auto Repairrecommends you have your oil changed every 3,000 miles because it’s the oil’s job to lubricate the engine and reduce friction. As your engine runs, dozens upon dozens of metal parts are rubbing against each other, and engine oil provides that important barrier between them. When the oil level gets low, it causes these moving parts to warp from extreme heat, ultimately leading to a complete engine overhaul or replacement.
Delays Corrosion: Your engine’s oil keeps your engine in proper working order by slowing down the rate at which your engine corrodes. When oil is left in your engine for an extended period of time, it turns into a black sludge and in turn doesn’t protect the engine as well.
If you have any questions regarding engine oil and your vehicle, be sure to stop by your localLawrence Auto Repair and talk to an ASE-Certified technician about maintaining your vehicle.
Bryan Harris is the owner of Harris Auto Repair and strives to keep his customers informed and provide the best advice in car maintenance and repair!