We all know that we are supposed to have the oil changed in our vehicles on a regular basis. But do you know why it is so important to do this routine maintenance?

Getting your oil changed regularly is probably the single best thing you can do for your engine. Here’s why.

Lubricates, Cleans, and Cools–The purpose of oil is to lubricate, clean, and cool the moving parts of your engine. As these parts move and rub against each other, the force of friction creates heat. Oil lubricates the engine and absorbs the heat, allowing the internal parts to work together effectively without overheating. It also keeps dirt from scratching tightly-fitted parts.

Out with the Old–After a certain amount of use, the engine oil starts to deteriorate. When this happens, the oil changes from a golden color to a dark brown/black. Dirt accumulates in the oil. Dirty oil is thick and abrasive, so it causes more wear. As the oil breaks down, it doesn’t lubricate or absorb heat properly. The longer it stays in the engine, the dirtier it gets, so it’s best to change the oil in your engine before it breaks down and causes engine problems.

In with the New–Fresh oil is slippery and smooth, which means that it lubricates and cools better. The first step in an oil change consists of removing the old oil from a vehicle’s engine. The old oil is flushed out, along with any dirt and grit. It is replaced with fresh oil and a new filter.

How often should you change your oil? Many mechanics recommend changing your oil every 3,000 miles. Automobile manufacturers sometimes suggest a longer interval, such as 5,000 miles. It is usually best to follow the manufacturer’s oil change recommendations listed in your owner’s manual. You can also check with your local automotive service center. Some people prefer to change the oil themselves. Others would rather have it done professionally.

If you have any questions about your vehicle’s oil, contact the team at Highway Tire Service & Collision, a family owned automotive service center in Terrell, NC. Drive safe!