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In Defense of the Dreaded Oil Change

You’re reminded all the time: “Get your oil changed!” And maybe you say you will. Or you say with a shrug, “Eh, we can make it a couple more months”, all without truly understanding what happens when you wait. The car is still running, right? Things seem fine! Maybe it’s time to consider these few reasons why you should go through the bother.

  1. Lubrication

    Let’s get the most obvious reason out of the way. Oil lubricates the hundreds of components within your engine so they run smoothly and without kinks. It keeps the metal from aging quickly and the parts from rubbing firmly together, decreasing wear and tear.

  2. It Takes Heat Away from the Engine

    As oil lubricates the engine, it also serves to carry heat away. This keeps the engine from overheating and warping other components from long-term exposure to heat. Over-heating also causes a decrease in efficiency for your vehicle since it’s working harder than it should be.

  3. It Doesn’t Last Forever

    Oil has a long life and doesn’t really go anywhere. This may lead you to wonder: Why does it need to be changed at all? As the oil circulates the engine block and other components, it’s also lifting dirt and debris along with it. When you fail to change it after a certain amount of time, you get debris build up and the potential for sludge. That’s why it is important to flush it out and change it instead of just adding more.

They may not seem like a big deal, but oil changes can be the least expensive and least time-consuming service you get for a larger impact on efficiency and longevity. Save yourself time and money in the future by scheduling an oil change today.

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