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Properly Maintaining Your Car: Oil Changes

There are a number of responsibilities we are expected to adhere to when it comes to taking good care of a vehicle. While these things may seem like nothing more than a nuisance and an extra expenditure that needs to be factored into the already huge monthly budget for owning a car, they are of critical importance when it comes to keeping your car in safe, running order.

It is easy to brush aside these responsibilities when the things that are absolutely necessary to get us from point A to point B such as gasoline or a busted tire are right in our face. But performing routine maintenance procedures or having them done by a mechanic are vital to extending the life of a car as well as keeping major breakdowns and possible resulting car wrecks at bay.

One of the most important maintenance routines is the oil change.

Why Oil Changes are Important

It is recommended by most mechanics that oil changes are done every 3,000 miles or around every 3 months. This number is somewhat disputed, but the necessity for oil changes is not.

Oil is the blood of an engine. It allows things to work. Oil changes are necessary because:

  • Oil undergoes thermal breakdown at high operating temperatures. It basically becomes much less effective as a lubricant.
  • Oil contains additives that can neutralize acids. These additives get used up over time and lose efficacy.
  • Oil can absorb water, dust, and combustion byproducts.

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