Most car owners know that one of the things they absolutely have to do regularly, is an oil change. Newer cars alert you when it is time for yet another oil change but older cars might not do that, so it is always good to know the basics of oil change.
Why is oil needed in your car
An engine is a complicated system of thousands of components that have to work together in order to make your car drive. When an engine is operating, there are thousands of RPMs at any given time. So, when something moves as intensively as that, it creates heat and friction.
Oil is part of the system that lubricates the components of the engine and at the same time draws the heat the engine produces away from the engine.
Why are oil changes needed?
When oil moves around the engine, it picks up dirt and all kinds of small pieces of debris from the engine. In a way this is good, because you don’t want this debris to end up in your engine. But over time oil gets too dirty to be effective.
How often are oil changes done?
Every car maker and even every specific engine type has it’s own maintenance schedules for oil changes. On average oil change intervals can range anywhere between 10000-20000 km. If your car does not alert you for each oil change interval, your car mechanic can give you the info as they have access to a database with all the needed info for any car make or model.
A good rule for especially older cars is to change the oil at least once per year or at the recommended interval, whichever comes first.
You might also need oil changes more often, if you are in extreme hot or cold temperatures or have to do frequent short-distance driving. For more info, consult your Carstop specialist.
What happens if an oil change is not done at the right time?
If you pass the oil change mark by a few hundred kilometers, it is not cause for concern. But if you go too long past your oil change interval, your car might start to have problems like overheating. Less lubrication will mean the enginge is not operating as efficiently. And if you already start experiencing overheating, the engine components might actually warp or wear out.
Eventually, if oil is not replaced at all, the entire engine might have to be replaced.
An oil change is not too costly but it is one of the small ways to keep your four wheeled buddy running smoothly.
What else is done during an oil change?
With an oil change, your oil filter will also be replaced. You may opt to change the fuel and air filters during the maintenance as well, as any kind of clogged filters can cause problems with the smooth operation of the engine.
Be sure to regularly perform oil changes as it is one of the less expensive ways to keep your engine from having bigger and more expensive issues. Consult your Carstop specialist if you need any advice on your specific car model.
The longevity of your car will depend on how fast any emerging issues are solved. Whenever you notice something different or strange with your car, bring it to your closest Carstop service where our professionals will diagnose and fix the issue.
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