Oil changes are one of the most important preventative maintenance actions car owners can take. Many factors, such as the age of your car, extreme weather conditions and how you drive, all effect how often your oil needs to be changed. Your vehicle’s engine relies on fresh, clean oil at regular intervals to keep it running at peak efficiency.
Time for an Oil Change?
While the old standard for oil and oil filter changes was three months or 3,000 miles, newer vehicles and those using fully synthetic oil may go longer between service. On the other hand, cars and trucks subjected to heavier-than-normal use may need to have the oil and filter changed more often.
No matter what you drive, the oil and filter should be replaced at least as often as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer in the owner’s manual. Following this advice protects your engine’s parts and maximizes the longevity of your vehicle.
Reasons to Pull in for Regular Oil Changes
Over time, engine oil breaks down and becomes a less effective lubricant. Without the proper lubrication provided by regular oil changes, your engine can suffer catastrophic damage.
With normal use, your oil becomes contaminated with dirt and combustion deposits. When these pollutants build up the oil begins acting as an abrasive and wears down internal engine parts. Changing your oil and oil filter gives your engine a fresh start by removing dirt and other contaminants.
Benefits of Clean Oil
In addition to lubricating the interior of your engine, clean oil helps to keep engine parts cool. Fresh oil also helps to clean out carbon deposits and varnish that accumulates on your engine’s internal surfaces. Oil in your engine also helps to form a tight seal between the pistons, rings and cylinder walls and serves as a dampener to reduce engine noise.
Synthetic Oil Advantages
While they are more expensive than traditional oils, synthetic oils provide a higher degree of protection and, typically, need less frequent changing than petroleum-based engine oils. Because synthetic oils don’t break down as easily, they offer better protection against engine wear. By maintaining a higher viscosity over a broader range of engine temperatures, synthetic oils provide superior protection for your engine and its parts.
Other Oil Change Services
Oil filters sift out contaminants that cause damage to internal engine parts, allowing the oil to last longer. Over time, oil filters become clogged with these contaminants and become less and less effective.
If possible, DeBroux also lubricates the chassis, including the frame and other components attached to the vehicle’s body. In older automobiles, this keeps your ride smoother and quieter by eliminating squeaks and reducing friction between parts. However, many newer vehicles have closed chassis lubrication systems that do not require external lubrication.
DeBroux Automotive recycles every drop of oil collected during an oil change. Whether we perform your oil change or you bring us your used oil, we send it off for recycling, so it can be cleaned and re-used. Used oil poses an environmental hazard, so we gladly do this for the safety and wellness of our community.
Choose DeBroux for Your Oil Change!
Bring your car, truck or hot rod to DeBroux Automotive for an affordable oil change today! Whether you use synthetic or traditional oil, the best way to keep your vehicle in good shape is to change the oil regularly!