Welcome to 2018! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? So many people pick the first of the year to set goals and make decisions to make their lives easier, healthier, better. It is this time of the year that makes me reflect on the past and think of ways we can help our lives have a little smoother flow. Personally, having a well running car would be toward the top of my list. With that being said, and thinking about what to write about, I decided that I would do a series of the informative articles about your vehicle and its fluids. To start the year off, I thought I should start with engine oil. I mean, why not? Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. So here we go…
Vehicle manufactures and auto repair shops all preach vehicle maintenance, but why? If my car isn’t making noise or flashing one of those annoying warning lights at me, then why bother taking it in for a service? Here is part of your answer. As I stated before, oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Making sure that you have your oil and filter services performed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or annually (depending on your driving habits) plays a crucial role in preserving your vehicle and keeping your cost to own at a minimum. You see, each time you start and run your engine, that engine oil works hard at keeping all of your internal components working efficiently. Not only is its job to keep things lubricated, as most of us would think, but it also helps reduce the accumulation of varnish and carbon from leaving hard deposits or sludge in the engine that will cause a variety of avoidable issues.
Now, I know you’re telling yourself, oil has changed and does not require changing as often. That may be true in some sense but the new state-of-the-art motor oils are produced with limited tolerances which also make them very sensitive to contamination. The amount of contamination is determined by fuel quality, driving style, engine oil quality and engine technology. Putting off oil services allows our motor oil to continue to become dirtier and dirtier over the course of time. Dirty oil can cause piston rings to no longer seal properly from those nasty carbon deposits causing dirty combustion which in turn only produces more deposits. It sounds like a viscous cycle! In all reality, regular maintenance along with quality chemical supplementation can help stop the possibility of oil consumption and will help to prevent the potential unnecessary expensive repairs that come along with it.
How can I avoid this from happening to me you ask? It’s easy! It’s a new year, so why not make a resolution to have your car serviced at the necessary intervals. You will need to look at your driving habits. I highly suggest getting ahold of you repair shop to discuss setting up a schedule that works with those driving habits, if they haven’t already done so for you. Also, consider using those high-quality motor oil supplements to help prolong the life of your engine. There are a few amazing products out there that you can ask your service advisor about.
Taking this small step to set a goal for your personal vehicle will take a lot of worry off of your mind in the long run. We all have busy lives, it’s nice to be able to jump in the car and just go when we need to. Happy driving and a very Happy New Year!