Why do I have to change my oil so often?
Posted November 23, 2016
Oil lubricates the hard metal surfaces inside your engine so they can operate smoothly. Without oil, these parts would grind together. Friction and constant rubbing would mean all of the parts in your engine wear down incredibly fast.
Engine oil is extremely important. One of the most frequent maintenance items for car owners is an oil change. We recommend changing the oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Most drivers will need to change their oil 3-4 times per year.
The primary reason to keep your oil changed and check it frequently is protecting the most delicate, expensive components in your engine. Having your oil changed regularly helps you avoid costly repairs from damaged engine parts.
How often should you change your oil?
- Too dirty. When oil is contaminated, it carries dirt and debris through the engine, increasing risk of damage.
- Too thick. The viscosity has a large impact on the engine’s performance. Oil moves through the engine slower when it’s too thick.
- Too cold. Cold temperatures can cause the oil to thicken if it is the wrong type of oil for your vehicle and climate.
- Too old. After three months or 3,000 miles, your oil is no longer in prime condition. Have the oil checked to determine if it needs to be replaced.
For most drivers, the 3 month, 3,000 mile interval is best for checking and changing your oil. Oil can be affected by driving conditions, weather and temperature, and your specific vehicle. For advice for you and your family vehicle, call our technicians at 303.344.4670.
At Chase Automotive, our primary goal is your safety. Regular inspections and keeping up with preventative maintenance, including oil changes, is the best way to take care of your vehicle. Request an appointment online.
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