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Why Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

Oil Change

Oil plays a key role in the life of your vehicle, affecting everything from lifespan to fuel efficiency. 50 years ago, you would have needed an oil change every 500 miles. Fortunately, that isn’t the case today but you still need to change your oil on a regular basis. Today, many automakers suggest changing the oil every 7,500 to 15,000 miles, just to ensure your car keeps running smoothly

Oil does three major things within the engine block. First, it lubricates the metal parts that are constantly grinding together to create motion. Second, it draws away some of the heat produced by friction between metal parts. Third, it carries away shavings, dirt, and grime, preventing carbon and varnishes from building up.

When oil goes unchanged, it can lose its viscosity, increasing the chances of engine damage. Because of this, not changing your oil can be costly in the long run. Carbon deposits and sludge can come out of old oil, as a result of carbon buildup around the cooler parts of the engine. When this occurs, it can only be solved through an expensive engine cleaning or replacing worn piston rings.

If you go too long without changing your oil, the pistons could seize entirely and the camshafts could take damage. That would lead to some hefty bills for replacement parts that no driver wants to pay, so make sure you change your oil on a routine basis. Let our service department help you with any of your service related needs here at Bradshaw Automotive, including getting your oil changed!