What’s the Importance of an Oil Change?

Having regular oil changes performed on your vehicle will help it to run better longer. Benefits of performing regular oil changes include a cleaner engine, longer engine life, lower vehicle emissions, better gas mileage, and overall better engine performance.

When you have an oil change done a skilled technician drains old engine oil, replace the oil filter, and replaces old engine oil with new clean oil.

While an engine runs tiny debris particles flake off from various internal engine parts and enters a car’s oil. Keeping up with your regular oil changes will help clean the engine by removing these tiny pieces of debris. Your engine will also last a lot longer with regular oil changes which reduce engine wear and friction. There is a lot of moving parts inside an engine that need to stay lubricated so they don’t overheat and wear down. When your engine is not properly lubricated important parts can grind up against each other and cause serious damage to your engine.

While your engine will last longer it will also perform better. The internal mechanics of an engine operate a lot smoother and more efficiently with clean oil. New oil results in increased engine lubrication which allows for less engine friction. This means your engine will run smoother and therefore receive better gas mileage. New oil is more capable of absorbing harmful engine particles and by-product emissions which leads to lower vehicle emissions.

Many newer vehicles now come with a service reminder monitor that will alert you when the oil needs to be changed. The system will monitor how the car is being driven and the number of miles traveled. While a lot of people swear by getting their oil changed every 3,000 miles or every 3 months many vehicles can now go either 7,500 or 10,000 miles so roughly 6 or 12 months. The folks at Audi of Wilmington, DE suggest that even if you don’t drive that much you should still get your oil changed every 3, 6, or 12 months depending on your vehicle. Oil deteriorates and needs to be kept fresh so even if you only drive 5,000 miles in a 6-month time frame you should still get your oil changed. Not sure when your vehicle needs an oil change? No worries you can either check your owners manual or feel free to give East Hill Subaru service department a call and we can find out for you!

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