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You have always heard that you need to get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.  Your dad probably told you.  Your auto mechanic told you.  Your owner’s manual tells you.  Sometimes, your vehicle even tells you it’s time!

Why does your vehicle need an oil change?

It is inexpensive but can be inconvenient to take the time for an oil change … is it really that important?  We depend on our vehicles every day, so let’s take a look at the critical role of oil and why routine oil changes are important.

Lubrication

Your vehicle’s engine is made up of many parts that move rapidly.  These parts need to stay lubricated with oil to work properly.  When the oil gets dirty, it can cause damage to your engine and the repairs can be costly and time consuming.   This is a great reason for an oil change!  Be sure to ask for the specific type of oil that your owner’s manual recommends.

Engine Cooling

All those parts moving together make for a hot engine and causes friction if they are not properly lubricated.  Oil pulls the heat away from the engine, preventing it from overheating.  Another great reason to schedule an oil change!

An oil change removes deadly dirt

Engines are dirty.  Over time, that dirt gets into your oil and causes it to turn into sludge. This can clog your engine and decrease its life.  An oil and filter change helps combat the dirt.

Improve gas mileage

Did you realize that a routine oil change can improve your gas mileage by 1-2%?  The savings add up!

Increase your vehicle’s longevity

We now see how dirty oil can affect your engine. So, it makes sense that keeping fresh oil in your vehicle will impact its longevity.  Your car will last longer and perform better with regular oil changes. To learn more about other ways to get more life out of your vehicle, check out our blog on necessary car maintenance.

A final word about oil changes

Remember: The benefits of routine oil changes far outweigh the cost.

In the end, it is worth the hassle and minimal cost to maintain your oil than the higher costs and time to repair your engine.  So, maybe your dad, mechanic and owner’s manual know best.  They are looking out for you and want your vehicle to perform at its best!

The experts at NARPRO are here to help, too.  Contact one of our NARPRO approved shops today to schedule an oil change and help keep your engine running smoothly.