This blog might be about why you should change the oil in your car, but it’s also about why you shouldn’t be neglecting this part of car care. Many people don’t know how essential regular engine oil changes are for long-term engine health and longevity.
Why is it essential to change the oil on your car?
Your car engine requires regular oil changes to keep it running well. If you don’t change the oil regularly, you risk causing irreparable damage to your vehicle. Here are four reasons why changing your oil is essential:
- Cleaning: When you pour new oil into your engine, it pushes out old and contaminated oil, damaging or breaking down the engine over time. Changing the oil keeps the internal parts of your vehicle clean and functioning correctly.
- Lubrication: New motor oil keeps metal parts from grinding against each other by lubricating them to slide past one another instead of causing friction and heat, leading to overheating or even a fire in extreme cases.
- Efficiency: Old motor oil won’t keep things moving at their optimal speed, which means it will take more energy to run your car than necessary – most vehicles become less efficient when their engines are dirty, clogged or not appropriately lubricated due to old or neglected engine fluids.
- Reduced Heat Levels: Motor oil reduces the heat produced by combustion inside a motor by 25%. The buildup of contaminants in old motor oils can decrease this beneficial effect until what had been working as an insulator becomes a conductor and heat transfer increases significantly – reducing performance and potentially leading to internal component failure if left unchecked for long periods.
How often should I get my oil changed?
Your owner’s manual is your starting point for determining how often you should change your oil. Different manufacturers give different recommendations on the frequency of maintenance, so it’s vital to check here before making any decisions. This schedule will also tell you what type of oil you need and how much it should cost.
If you drive a lot (more than 16 000 kilometres a year), follow the manufacturer’s schedule as closely as possible. In addition to changing the oil according to their recommendations, consider adding an extra oil change every six months to keep everything running smoothly.
Suppose you don’t drive a lot (less than 8 000 kilometres a year). In that case, getting your oil changed twice a year may be sufficient for keeping your car in great shape—but again, consult with your owner’s manual and mechanic to determine what works best for your vehicle.
If you have particular driving conditions—for example, if you are frequently off-road or live in an area that experiences extreme weather—consult with a mechanic about increasing the frequency of changes and selecting an appropriate type of oil for these unique circumstances.
What does a full-service oil change include?
While basic oil changes are usually pretty straightforward, including an oil change and filter change, you may want to opt for a full-service oil change. A full-service oil change includes everything of an essential oil change and offers a comprehensive look at your car’s general condition. This can consist of checking the fluid levels in your vehicle, inspecting belts and hoses, checking tire pressure and wear, assessing the brakes and more.
If your vehicle is running poorly or making noise that concerns you, take it in for a full-service oil change where a good mechanic will be able to top off other essential fluids like transmission fluid or windshield wiper fluid and do a visual inspection of the engine to see if any components are damaged or showing signs of wear. A good technician will also watch out for leaks under the hood.
A full-service oil change takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on what needs to be done.
What happens when you don’t change the oil in your car?
When you don’t change the oil in your car, the engine components begin to suffer and wear out. Over time, this causes friction between metal parts, which increases engine temperature and reduces its overall performance. Suppose your car often overheats enough or runs too low on oil for an extended period. In that case, it can begin to seize up and eventually break down. This is why it’s so important to keep a close eye on your car’s oil levels, change it regularly, and take it in for tune-ups when needed.
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How much does an oil change cost?
Two main factors determine how much your oil change will cost: vehicle type and oil used. While an oil change can vary, it typically costs R700-R800 for the average vehicle. The simplest way to ensure you are getting a good deal on your oil change is to confirm the price with several shops in your area before having the work done.
While regular maintenance such as an oil change may be costly, it’s necessary to avoid more significant repair bills down the road. If you don’t replace your engine’s dirty, worn-out oil regularly, particles from normal wear and tear on your engine end up suspended in the old oil. Over time this creates a sludge that will eventually clog essential components of your car’s engine and lead to major repairs—or worse yet, cause complete failure of a critical component such as bearings or pistons. That repair bill could quickly run into five figures.
So, while the short-term costs of vehicle maintenance may seem daunting, it is nothing compared to what you’ll spend if you neglect regular service!
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