Engine oil is what lubricates a car’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer. Car owners must maintain a car’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their cars make and model. Every car comes with a “check oil” light and an oil filter under the hood. These components allow car owners to monitor their oil levels and add oil as needed without having to hire a mechanic.
Changing the Oil
An important part of routine car maintenance is changing the oil regularly. The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. The Engine Oil Bible maintains that engine oil can’t be changed often enough, but Nordic Group insists that, with the advent of detergent oils and multi-weight oils, some vehicles can go as far as 6,000 miles before needing an oil change. The best course of action is to check the owner’s manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
Changing your vehicle’s oil is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of vehicle. During an oil change, the technician will drain out the old motor oil and replace it with new motor oil. The oil filter also gets replaced at the same time.
The main purpose of oil is to lubricate. As oil ages it breaks down it becomes less effective at lubricating. Old oil, low oil pressure and lack of oil can all cause damage to your engine as the moving parts of the engine rub together and wear each other out.
Manufacturer recommended maintenance schedules typically suggest changing your oil every 3,000 -7,000 miles. Factors like driving in cold climates, towing a trailer, or aggressive driving, can make it necessary to change your oil more often. At a minimum oil should be changed twice each year.
It is also a good idea to keep an eye on your pressure gauge and also check the oil level regularly between oil changes. If the gauge shows that the pressure is very low, if the “oil” light comes on or if the dipstick registers below the “safe” level address the situation immediately. You may need to add oil.
If you regularly run low on oil, be sure to report it to your mechanic; you may have a leak or may be burning oil.