If you drive a car, you know that you should get regular oil changes to keep your car running well. Understanding what oil does in your car and what happens when oil gets dirty can help you understand the importance of maintaining a schedule. Dirty oil will ruin your engine. Here’s what you should know.
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It acts as a lubricant for the moving parts in the vehicle. When metal rubs against metal, it will wear down without something that coats the parts. Oil also cleans your engine. As the oil is filtered through the system, it picks up debris and dirt that could clog the engine. The oil filter contains that debris. Engine oil also helps to keep the engine cool. The heat from car’s engine is absorbed by the oil, which lowers the overall temperature of the car.
As oil gets older, it begins to degrade and loses its effectiveness. Dirty oil can’t lubricate the engine as effectively as clean oil. As the oil becomes more infected with dirt and debris, it can become more corrosive, damaging the parts that it is intended to lubricate. Dirty oil can also cause your engine to overheat. You will also see a reduction in fuel economy as the oil gets older. In addition to an oil change, you need to change the oil filter, because it too will lose its effectiveness. Engine oil is vital for your car’s operation. Don’t think that you can keep driving without thinking about the oil?
Most cars can go about 6,000 miles before needing an oil change, but you should refer to the owner’s manual to know the specifications for your car. Some older cars have a 3,000-mile recommendation. The average driver drives around 1,000 miles each month, which means you should get oil changes every 3 to 6 months, depending on your driving style. If you use synthetic oil, you may be able to get 7,500 miles between changes.
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