Routine maintenance is an important part of any vehicle’s life. All vehicles are designed with maintenance needs in mind, and these are translated by the engineers into a maintenance schedule that is listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Major maintenance services are generally referred to as 30/60/90K maintenance because they are done at 30,000 mile intervals. However there is one service that is necessary much more frequently in order to keep your vehicle healthy. For most vehicles oil changes should be completed between every 3,000 and 5,000 miles. But why is this service so important to complete? The main reason, to prevent catastrophic engine failure. Here is how regularly changing your oil keeps your vehicle healthy.
Regulates Engine Temperature
Engine oil is scientifically engineered to be able to help control the temperature of the engine as it operates by absorbing heat. But as oil ages it begins to break down, losing its ability to do so and it may actually reflect heat causing the engine to heat up to dangerous temperatures. While the cooling system can generally handle the task of keeping the engine cool, oil reaches areas that coolant can’t, thus providing a valuable service.
Restores Engine Power
As oil circulates through the engine it picks up dirt, dust, metal flakes and other contaminants that have made their way inside the engine. This turns the oil into a mud like substance often referred to as sludge. The sludge makes it difficult for the pistons to pump up and down, decreasing engine power and reducing your fuel-efficiency. When oil is changed all of the sludge is removed from inside the engine, in turn restoring power and fuel economy. At the same time the oil is changed the oil filter is also replaced, ensuring that oil can properly circulate through the engine.
Ensures Proper Lubrication
The most important reason to have your oil changed on time is to ensure proper lubrication of the moving parts inside the engine. Fresh oil is imperative to the operation of the engine, as it prevents harsh metal on metal contact that can cause major damage inside the motor which will result in a need for an engine rebuild or replacement. During an oil change the technicians servicing your vehicle are also able to identify any potential problems that your vehicle may be suffering from, not only in regard to issues related to the engine oil but all over the vehicle.
Keeping up with your scheduled maintenance, including oil changes, is the best way to prevent break downs. If you’re looking for a fast and professional oil change in Coeur D’Alene you will want to bring your vehicle to Lake City Auto Care where we offer complete auto maintenance for all makes and models. Give us a call at (208) 772-1450 to request an appointment for professional auto maintenance in Coeur D’Alene today!