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Why Get An Oil Change?

Why Get An Oil Change?

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual recommends regular oil changes and so does your auto repair mechanic. Many vehicle owners change their oil for this reason alone but when you’re watching your budget you may question whether or not you need to have the oil changed in your car.

Changing your oil regularly can be one of the best investments in maintenance for your vehicle. It can save you from costly repairs to your engine.

Your engine operates at high temperatures. Over time this causes thermal breakdown in the oil in your engine. Parts of the engine can rub together and wear out when not properly lubricated.

The oil also absorbs water, duct and combustion byproducts. Over time the oil will get saturated and will not be able to absorb any more of these items. Once this happens this stuff remains in the engine and can cause corrosion.

In addition, oil contains additives that can neutralize acids. Eventually these additives get used up and are no longer effective.

Without regular oil changes your engine will not last as long as it could. An oil change is pretty inexpensive so it is a good investment to protect yourself from major repair costs caused by the lack of oil changes.

So the question isn’t so much whether or not you should change your oil but how often you should change it. Your owner’s manual states the proper intervals for your specific vehicle. However you should take into account other factors also.

You may want to change your oil even more frequently if you do a lot of high-speed driving, have a habit of taking off quickly from a stop or have periods of heavy acceleration.

If the climate is extremely hot or cold your oil may need changing more often. Already here in Harford County we have had some early cold temperatures. And this summer we had some extremely hot temperatures. So you should be thinking of changing your oil now.

If you drive on any dirt roads, even a dirt or gravel driveway, consider changing the oil more often. Your engine has to deal with more dirt and your oil helps to filter this dirt and keep it out of your engine.

If your vehicle is old and it burns oil, change the oil more frequently. And if you carry heavy loads – towing a boat, towing a trailer or regularly carrying additional weight in your vehicle – this would be a good reason for more regular changes.

When the oil is changed the oil filter is also replaced. This is a great way to help you avoid more costly repairs. So even if you’re watching your budget more carefully these days, an oil change is a must to help you avoid those budget-busting car repairs. If you would like to receive great service and still get a great deal on your oil change visit us a Forest Hill Car Care where we understand providing old-fashioned service at competitive prices. Located in Forest Hill, Maryland we provide auto repair service to many of your Forest Hill, Bel Air, Fallston and Harford County neighbors.

Keeping Your Car Well Tuned

Keeping Your Car Well Tuned

One of the best things that you can do is to keep your vehicle as well tuned as you possibly can. This means taking note of those regularly scheduled maintenance checkups that you so often ignore.

Studies indicate that a car with an engine that is poorly tuned will increase the amount of fuel consumption from 10 to 20 percent.

Information found at  www.fueleconomy.gov/ shows that when you tune up a car that is due for a checkup or one that has emissions problems, you can increase the gas mileage by up to 4.1 percent.

Pay attention to the signals that your car is giving you.  When the red message light on your dashboard lights up letting you know that it’s time to “check your gauges” make sure that you have your car looked at as soon as you can.

If you are uncertain when the last time was that you had your car serviced you may be able to contact the mechanic that last did the work for you.

If they keep accurate records your mechanic will be able to give you a date for your last maintenance visit and help you schedule a new one at the same time.

Change the oil in your car on a regular basis.  When you keep the oil in your car clean you reduce the wear that is caused by friction in the moving parts of your car’s engine.

Keeping track of your last oil change will save you money at the gas pump and increase your fuel consumption.

Make sure that you are using the right grade of oil that is required by your car or truck.  Oil grades are measured in viscosity, which determines how much the oil can resist flow.  Grades of oil include:

  • 0W (this is the thinnest) (“W” stands for winter)
  • 5W to 25W
  • 20 to 60 (60 is the thickest)

Check with the owner’s manual that comes with your car for more information about the grade of oil that is required by your car.

Make sure that you use the right grade of oil to ensure that your car runs as smoothly as it should in all types of weather.

If you find that you are always running out of oil when you need it you can buy car oil in bulk at stores such as Costco so that you always have oil available for your vehicle.

Forest Hill Car Care can help you with an oil change or a full tuneup.