Oil changes are a part of regular vehicle maintenance, but some car owners tend to put this task off because they don’t understand its importance. While oil changes are relatively inexpensive and only need to be done every few months, bringing your car into the shop can seem like a hassle. Luckily, oil changes don’t take long to do, and you can even use our shuttle service if you don’t have time to wait in the shop. So, why are oil changes important?

They lubricate the engine.

There are many moving parts of a car’s engine. Without the proper lubrication, those parts will rub against each other and create friction, which wears down the engine. After going too long without an oil change, the oil gets dirty and can clog the oil filter, preventing it from lubricating the engine.

They remove debris from the engine.

Dirt and other particles are harmful to a car’s engine, as over time it causes corrosion and shortens its lifespan. Old, dirty oil also turns to sludge, which isn’t able to lubricate the engine. An oil change will remove any particles or sludge, keeping the engine clean and allowing it to perform well.

They improve gas mileage.

When the engine has to work harder because of a lack of lubrication, more fuel gets burned up. With gas prices so high right now, drivers want to have the best gas mileage possible. Clean oil, and enough of it, will improve gas mileage and save you money.

Your vehicle will last longer.

When your vehicle’s internal components have to work harder, whether it’s due to debris or a lack of lubrication, the engine wears down quicker, causing performance problems. If you want to keep your car in good condition for as long as possible, regular oil changes are key.

They save you money in the long run.

Wear and tear on your engine is a serious issue, and one that can be costly. Regular oil changes are cheaper, and quicker, to get as opposed to engine repair or replacement. Engine replacements cost thousands of dollars, so that little routine maintenance is a much cheaper option.

The time between needing an oil change differs between vehicles, so check your owner’s manual. A good rule of thumb is to get your oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles for conventional oil, but semi-synthetic and synthetic can be in a higher mileage range. When you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, the mechanic will put a sticker on the inside of your windshield that lets you know when you should get it changed again.

Auto Works has been providing top-notch auto repair services to the Twin Cities area since 1993. When it’s time for an oil change, give us a call or submit an appointment request on our website.