It’s important to change the oil in your vehicle regularly, as it will help prolong the longevity of your engine.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHANGE YOUR OIL?
To understand why, you need to know a little bit about the way in which the engine works.
The engine contains many moving parts, all of which are creating friction and heat. Oil acts as a lubricant, absorbing this heat and allowing the engine parts to operate efficiently. But no matter what type of oil you use, it will eventually begin to degrade and turn to sludge, after which it will no longer work properly.
If you don’t get your oil changed at this point, your engine will begin to overheat. When the engine parts get too hot, they can start to warp and break, meaning that you’ll have to start replacing engine components – something which can be much more expensive than an oil change!
By changing your oil regularly, you will prevent such problems from arising. That’s why we call it preventative maintenance. While many people feel reluctant about spending money on their car when there’s nothing wrong with it, it can be much more cost-effective to take care of your engine, rather than waiting for it to burn out.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR OIL?
So, how often should you change the oil in your vehicle?
Unfortunately there is no set answer, as it depends on the make and model of your car, the kind of driving you do, the conditions you drive in, and the type of oil you use. As a general rule, you should consider changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, the mileage may be higher.
For a more accurate answer, we suggest that you look at your vehicle’s manual. This should advise how often to change your oil, and the best type of oil for your vehicle, which will typically either be conventional oil or synthetic oil.
CAN I CHANGE MY OWN OIL?
An oil change involves draining all the old oil out of the engine and replacing it with new oil. The engine oil filter may also be replaced at the time same. You can do this yourself, but you will need certain tools for the job, including an oil filter wrench, funnel, fresh oil and car jacks.
Alternatively, you can leave the work to us. At Integra Tire our mechanics will be able to change your engine oil for you, ensuring your engine remains happy and healthy for the next few thousand miles.
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