Oil – The Life Of Your Car

Posted by on May 22, 2012 | No Comments

Your vehicle’s parts are protected from dirt by oil. Your car’s parts get lubricated. It prevents your car from overheating. Without it, your engine would be sitting squarely in the center of your local junkyard.

Your car’s oil needs to be changed on a regular basis to preserve the life of your vehicle.

Your car’s oil filter is responsible for gathering any dust or small particles that could be harmful to your engine, thus making the oil flow freely, so you’ll want to make sure your oil filters are replaced as well.

It’s just like a human being forced to exist without a working liver AND kidneys. These two parts of your body keep contaminants out of your blood stream, and if they aren’t working it would be a matter of time before your body breaks down.

Oil for your car can be likened to blood to your body. Clean oil is what your car needs to survive the long haul. Let us now assume that you would try driving your car without ever doing an oil change.

For starters, you’d be luckier than a lotto winner if your car got 30,000 miles on it before breaking down.

Now let us assume you only do annual oil changes. “Oh, my car’s running fine”, you’d probably say after you notice this. Hold the phone. Your engine has been flooded with contaminants. Don’t say we didn’t warn you if your car breaks down in a couple months, or even weeks.

Here’s something gross, but nonetheless true – think of oil changes as your car’s equivalent to heeding the call of nature. Yes, we know it sounds icky, but it’s still a valid analogy. This one scheduled maintenance may help your vehicle avoid mechanical failures.

Back when I was in high school, I overheard two mechanics from my area talking about changing oil every 2,000 miles as a way to keep a car running for years. Yes, I know it sounds like too much work. But guess what – my ’64 GTO is still running good as new, and you know how it is with classic muscle cars.

Now if you see any hint of an oil leak on the driveway after the car is parked, get to a service station. You’ll need to check your vehicle for any problems, because this could mean major, major trouble. And if you smell smoke, the very same thing will apply – run for the hills, the hills being the service station!

You may not feel 100% comfortable changing your oil, but you can check it easily. Make sure the engine is cold before checking your oil. Unscrew the cap and pull out the dipstick. Wipe the stick with a clean piece of paper or a towel. Reinsert the dipstick completely. After that, pull it out and check it again. Look for the two lines that indicate “add” and “full”. If the oil film is between the “add” and “full” lines, you’re good. A quart of oil will need to be added if the oil film is anywhere below “add”. When in doubt, the manual is always there to point you the right way. After adding the oil, repeat all the steps.

Once you get used to it, it will be just like tying your shoe laces.

Make sure you take the time to check the oil levels in your car, and have it changed regularly. If you do this regularly, you could be like me and have a trustworthy, smooth-running vehicle for years to come.

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