Changing your car’s oil might cost a little up front, even if you do it yourself, but it could prevent you from having to shell out cash for an engine repair. Keeping up with routine oil changes can protect the engine’s vital components and, by extension, save you money. Changing the oil can ultimately benefit both your car and wallet.
What does oil do?
Oil plays three primary roles in the car’s engine. Parts within the engine are constantly running near one another, and proper lubrication is necessary to protect vital components. The friction within the engine block generates plenty of heat. Oil helps carry some of the heat out of the engine, keeping temperatures down. Finally, oil helps protect cooler parts of the engine, such as the camshaft.
How often do you need to change the oil?
Many quick-change oil outlets claim that engine oil needs to be replaced every three months or 3,000 miles. Fortunately, that isn’t quite the case. Typically, these oil change outlets advertise this milestone to increase business.
As a general rule, modern cars can go much longer without an oil change. Although it’s still recommended to get an oil change as the seasons change, the three-month/3,000-mile interval is no longer a set standard thanks to modern engineering. The best place to consult for when you need an oil change is your vehicle’s manual.
If it is time to get your oil changed, be sure to bring your vehicle to Krause Toyota for the process.