The engine within your automobile has parts that move and rub against each other. Engine oil is used as a lubricant that absorbs the heat generated from this movement. It allows these parts to work effectively and prevents overheating.
When operating your vehicle at accelerated speeds, your engine can get hot enough to vaporize the water in the crankcase to form sludge. Contaminants also form in the crankcase that eat at the metal parts of the engine, adding pieces of metal to the engine oil. The oil holds these metal particles which then wears on the parts it is supposed to protect. The oil becomes less effective as a lubricant and preventing overheating.
There is varying information available on how often your oil should be changed. Some mechanics suggest you change your engine oil every 3,000 miles. Some suggest you change your oil every 6 months or 5,000 miles. There was also a study conducted that showed there was no difference in engine protection of a 3,000-mile oil change and a 7,500-mile oil change. So, you may wonder who is right.
The best way to prevent dirty oil from damaging your engine is to consult your owner’s manual. Most manuals set 5,000 as the threshold for changing your oil under normal conditions. If you are operating your automobile in severe conditions (e.g. at high speeds, live in an area that is particularly cold, dusty, or hot), then you may want to change your oil every 3,000 miles. The main thing to remember is to not exceed the recommendation that is listed in your owner’s manual.
You can change the oil yourself with a few supplies. You will need motor oil, a new oil filter, an oil pan, a funnel, and an oil filter wrench. It may take some time, but it is not difficult. You can also take your car to a mechanic or an oil change specialty shop and have this done professionally. The $20 spent on changing your oil is the best preventative maintenance you can do to your automobile.
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