Why Does Your Car Need An Oil Change?

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Lewis Automotive Inc in Maintenance

One of the most important things you can do for your car is to have an oil change on a regular basis. It goes way beyond just the sticker on your window saying it’s due. There’s several key reasons why you need to have your engine oil change done as part of a regular maintenance routine.

What’s The Oil For?

The engine itself has so many moving parts that need to stay lubricated in order to function. How does that happen? Oil. The oil in your engine is needed to lubricate, clean, and cool all of your engine’s mechanical parts. When it’s running smoothly, there is less friction between those moving parts. This means that damage to your engine is much less likely to occur.

Why Do We Have To Change It?

So you might wonder, why do we have to change the oil? Wouldn’t putting the oil in once be enough? Well, the additives in the engine oil start to lose their effect after thorough use. As the oil runs through your engine, it picks up bits of dirt and grit that change your oil from being slippery and smooth to being thick and rough. The oil filter also begins to get clogged with this grit and debris. That eventually reduces its effectiveness at keeping the oil clean and smooth.

To give you a great visual, let’s imagine that it’s a hot summer day. You’re getting ready for a childhood favorite: the slip & slide. But this time, instead of running soapy water down the tarp, they’re using wet sand. You would think they’re crazy! Everyone is going to get stuck halfway down the slide, and they’re going to get scraped up along the way. This is what it’s like for your engine once the oil is no longer clean and smooth.

If you don’t like that visual, imagine how your car feels! Stop by Lewis Automotive for an oil change and make sure that your engine gets to slip & slide the right way. It will be less cost for you in the long run, and you can rest assured that your engine will be running smoothly!

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