Why Does Your Car Need Oil Changes? Posted on May 1 2018
Oil changes are often taken for granted by car owners. They are like haircuts. We know we need to get them every once in awhile, but it’s nothing you really look forward to. It’s just one of those routines we need to stick with on a periodic basis.
How Often You Should Change Your Oil
The good news is that most people are pretty good about getting their oil changed regularly. Bill’s Quality Auto Care keeps accurate records and we gladly send out reminders to our customers when we think it’s time for them to revisit the shop for service. In most vehicles, a standard oil change is recommended every 3,000-5,000 miles (typically 3,000 in older cars and 5,000—sometimes more—in newer models), which is roughly every 3-6 months. Even if you don’t drive your car much, you may still want to change the oil every 6 months or so because it can get gunked up just while sitting unused in your garage or driveway.
Why You Should Change Your Oil
Most everyone knows how often they should get their oil changed, but not everyone understands why it is such an important aspect of vehicle maintenance. Your engine is the heart of your car. It has many moving parts that need to stay lubricated. If there is not enough engine oil or the oil itself is in bad shape, terrible things will happen inside the engine. Metal parts will continue moving and rubbing together at very fast speeds. Metal shavings will start to come off and work their way through the system. The parts themselves will be damaged beyond repair. Before long, your engine will be shot and you’ll be paying a whole lot of money to have it repaired or replaced.
Think about it this way: would you rather continue getting your oil changed once every few months or would you rather neglect your vehicle for a year and then have to spend thousands to repair a severely damaged engine? It’s a pretty simple choice, and it’s a reminder that those routine oil changes and other vehicle maintenance services should not be taken for granted.
Simi Valley Oil Change Experts
If you are in the Simi Valley area and are due for an oil change, tire rotation, transmission service, brake service or any other standard vehicle maintenance procedure, call Bill’s Quality Auto Care today at (805) 520-7818 or schedule your service appointment online.