A lot of us grew up with the same instructions: change your oil every 3,000 miles. We never questioned why, or what would happen if we didn’t follow through. While times have changed (and so has the variety of oil available!), the reasons behind regular oil changes have not. Here’s a brief overview:
What the Oil Does
The oil in your car or truck does a lot to keep your car running smoothly. The most important job is to lubricate the engine and carry heat away from your engine. As the oil in your vehicle circulates through your engine, it continuously lubricates the thousands of engine components that have to work together in order to make your car operational. At the same time, as the oil moves around the engine, it draws the heat that the engine produces away from the engine.
Why You Have to Change the Oil
Unfortunately, as the oil moves it also picks up dirt and other small pieces of debris from the engine. While this helps to keep the engine free of these particles, over time the oil gets too dirty to be effective. This is why the oil has to be changed.
What Happens When You Skip An Oil Change
If the oil isn’t changed, your vehicle’s engine will start to have a lot of problems. The most common issue is that the parts in your engine will become too hot. This can cause the engine to run less efficiently, and as time goes on, it can cause the engine components to warp and wear out. The lack of lubrication between these parts will also contribute to these problems.
Eventually, if the oil is not changed, the entire engine will shut down and have to be replaced. This repair can cost thousands of dollars, and many people who have to do this decide to sell the car to a scrap yard and buy a new vehicle.
While the above problems can be scary, there is good news! Getting your car’s oil changed is one of the least expensive maintenance items available. It also doesn’t take long! Bring your car down to one of our six locations in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny or Urbandale for a much needed oil change.