Most people bring their vehicles to the dealerships like Jack Link’s Auto to have oil done since it’s a messy job; and then you have to find a place to dispose of the oil in a proper manner. It’s just easier to pay someone else to do it. However, when you do that, you could get into the frame of mind that oil changes aren’t that important since you don’t see how dirty the oil is when it comes out of your engine.
What Happens if You Ignore Oil Changes
When you ignore the recommended time frames for the oil change, you have a good chance of damaging your vehicle’s engine. The oil gets dirty, which means that it has less lubrication for the engine. The clearances between the moving metal parts are tight, which means that it’s important to have oil and to have that oil function properly.
If you let the oil go long enough, it turns to “pudding” and clogs the oil passage tubes and even the oil filter pickup; and that means that oil isn’t going to get distributed throughout the engine where it’s needed. Once that happens, the engine will seize up and the only repair is to rebuild it or replace it.
Oil and Filter Choices
When you change the oil, you should always change the filter. And, use the oil and filter that the manufacturer of your vehicle recommends. If you are doing your own oil change, make sure you know how much oil your vehicle uses; and be sure that the gasket for the old filter is removed from the filter housing before you put the new filter on.
Prolonging the Life of the Engine
Check your owner’s manual for the proper oil viscosity for the season. Because oil’s thickness changes with the outside temperature, changing the viscosity to one appropriate for the season in important in prolonging the length of your vehicle’s engine. Also, having the oil changed at the recommended mileage for your type of driving lengthens the life of your engine.
Visit Jack Link’s Auto
Stop by Jack Link’s Auto to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for an oil change and other maintenance.