Are Oil Changes Important?
You know that you’ve been told you have to change your oil regularly. But why, you ask, should I change my oil if it’s not leaking? Well, it’s because oil is what works to lubricate your car’s engine, and it can pick up a manner of contaminants. You need to make sure that those contaminants are flushed out, and that’s why you have to have your oil changed regularly, so it will continue to move smoothly through your engine without any nasty grit, water, or other pollutants that you can pick up during the normal course of driving.
Oil is, quite simply, your vehicle’s lifeblood. In the same way that the blood in your own body works to keep you going, filter out impurities, and ensure your good health, so does oil ensure the health of your vehicle. It keeps harmful carbon from collecting in your engine, and reduces the heat from all the tiny little explosions that keep the engine working. It also pulls heat away from your engine’s combustion chamber. And the thing is, no matter how good your engine oil is it will ultimately break down, and then you’ll be saying “time to change my oil.”
So, when should you do it? And when is it really time to say “I have to change my oil?” Well, much depends on the kind of vehicle you have, and how often you drive. Most vehicles need to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles. So what you need to do is keep an eye on your odometer. Also, keep in mind that if you have been putting your vehicle through a lot (towing, off-roading, etc.) you may need to change your oil more frequently.
Now, you might think “I need to change my oil, but I’m a little short of money.” If that’s what you’re thinking, think again. Cut back on something else, because you can bet that if you blow a piston because of dirty oil, you are going to be in for a huge repair expense. A jug of oil is pretty cheap by comparison.