Many people aren’t kind to their vehicles. They may gun the gas pedal after sitting at a stop light or may neglect maintenance because they don’t have money or time. However, changing your engine’s oil is crucial and something you should do or have done. It will help prolong the life of your vehicle and engine, but most people don’t know how or why to do so.
What Is It/Why Do It?
Primarily, an oil change means that you remove the old oil and replace it with new, glossy oil. Over time, your engine heats up and cools down. The oil is there to lubricate the moving parts and reduce friction. Likewise, the oil can provide a slight cooling effect, so the system doesn’t overheat, although there are other systems in place to reduce overheating.
Over time, the oil becomes dirty with dust, engine coolants, bits of metal and even water. It’s important to drain out the old oil and replace it as recommended by your manufacturer.
Most professionals recommend changing the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but many newer oils can give you a bigger space between changes. Likewise, if you don’t drive a lot, you may be able to change it every three months, rather than every 3,000 miles and if you drive it more, you’ll probably replace it more frequently.
How To Do It
You could always watch some videos and learn to change your engine’s oil by yourself. You may save a few dollars and feel proud of your accomplishment. However, most people don’t have the time or knowledge to do it themselves and would prefer to take it to a professional, such as LineaRossa. They’ll be able to do everything for you in about half an hour.