As a Davenport, IA auto repair shop serving customers for over four decades, we want to share some of the reasons getting an oil change when it's time is so important. While getting the oil changed every 3,000 miles used to be the norm, today it's a bit higher as modern lubricants suggest you can go 5,000 miles or more before having the engine oil changed. Whatever guidelines you follow, be sure to have it done on a regular basis. Here's why.
A cleaner engine means extended lifespan. Replacing an engine isn't cheap, but having the oil changed on a routine basis will keep your engine free from the dirt, dust, and other debris that can result in the build up of sludge in the engine. As oil circulates through your engine, these particles will accumulate in the oil. Dirt and debris can damage the engine, so it's important to change the oil regularly. Oil lubricates the engine and other critical components. Changing the oil filter is just as important, and in doing both you will extend the life of your engine.
You will enjoy better gas mileage. Your vehicle might consume more fuel when the engine isn't lubricated properly. With the type of oil recommended for your car and routine changes, you may be able to save approximately one gallon of gas over a year's time according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It may not sound like much, but every little bit helps.
Clean oil can prevent engine over-heating. Unless you are a car mechanic, you probably have no idea of all of the pistons, valves, cylinders, and other components that make up the engine. All of these moving parts operate at high speed when you are driving - and they generate heat. Without proper lubrication, friction is generated which results in heat that over time significantly wears down the engine. Engine oil that's old is thinner because heat breaks it down, which means it loses its ability to properly lubricate cylinder walls and other components. You may notice performance suffers as you lose horsepower and gas mileage.
Your vehicle will perform better and last longer. Dirty oil clearly impacts the engine, which in turn will affect other internal components by causing unnecessary wear and tear. As with almost all equipment, what impacts some components will eventually impact the other components - a "trickle down" effect. By practicing routine maintenance and having your oil and filter changed as recommended, your car will last longer and perform better overall.
Your car will have a higher value should you decide to sell. When someone buys a used or preowned vehicle, they often want records showing it has been properly maintained. This includes knowing the oil has been changed on a routine basis. By practicing regular maintenance, you will get more for your vehicle at the time of resale.
At Dale’s Service Center we want to help you keep your car, truck, or SUV in good running order. Whether you are needing an oil change or other auto services or repair, count on our team for outstanding service in Davenport and surrounding areas.