It used to be that everybody knew to change their motor oil every 3000 miles. Then because of better technology and engine building techniques, manufacturers started recommending longer oil change intervals. The advent of new synthetic oils, which tend to stay slippery longer cause many car owners to go even longer between oil changes.
Well, if you want your car to last forever – frequent oil changes are the key. At Sturken Auto Repair we recommend that even if you use synthetic motor oil you should change your oil every 10,000 miles at most. With conventional motor oil, changing motor oil every 5000 miles is a good idea.
The reason we recommend more frequent oil changes has to do with the multiple functions that motor oil serves in your car:
- Lubrication – primary function of motor oil is to lubricate your engine. Oil lubricates the moving engine parts to minimize friction and helps to keep engine cooler.
- Garbage collection – as oil circulates through your engine it picks up dirt and small bits of metal that collect in the engine. It then goes through the oil filter where those bits of metal get filtered out.
- Cleaning – motor oil has detergents and dispersants. The detergents clean out the dirt and grime from the engine. Dispersants keep dirt suspended in the oil where it can do little harm.
As time goes on those additives get depleted and the oil does not perform its function as well as it does when new. This increases wear on the engine. Having plenty of fresh motor oil keeps your engine happy and humming.
Regular oil changes also give us an opportunity to do preventive maintenance and checks. Better auto repair shops like Sturken’s have long recognized the importance of preventive maintenance. We have replaced simple oil changes with a minor service – in addition to an oil and filter change, we perform a number of checks that make it possible to spot trouble early – cracked hoses, battery issues, underinflated tires, cooling system issues, etc.
At Sturken Auto Repair our minor service includes a multi-point inspection. We check various systems on your car to catch trouble before it fully develops.Having your car serviced regularly means that your car will be in top condition.We have a chance to minimize the probability of serious problems developing while you are on the road.
Many of today’s engines are smaller and are running hotter. This makes regular service even more important. So next time you need a minor service bring your car to Sturken’s.
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