Getting an Oil Change
The key to ensuring that your vehicle lasts as long as possible while also running as efficiently as possible is maintenance. Perhaps the most fundamental component of vehicle maintenance is knowing when and why you should get an oil change. Oil is the blood that keeps your major engine components operating properly. There are a couple of different ideologies regarding oil changes depending on who you talk to. Today we will look at why and when you should be changing your oil.
Why Get an Oil Change?
Oil’s primary purpose is to lubricate various parts of your engine in order to avoid any sort of metal on metal contact. These areas are incredibly tight spaces, and the oil viscosity plays a major part in determining how effective the oil is at allowing the bearings to float vs. grind onto other metal services. Over time, the pressure and heat inside the engine will cause the oil to break down and lose its viscosity and lubrication factor. In addition, various contaminants will begin to build up in the oil. These are caught by the oil filter which keeps the oil as clean as possible allowing it to do its job. No matter what type of oil and filter you have, eventually the filter will become so clogged, or the oil so degraded that it can no longer perform its function. This is where major engine problems can arise from, as the metal on metal parts begin to grind and create additional friction, heat, and pressure potentially causing significant damage to the engine. To prevent this, you simply need to change your oil and filter on a regular basis.
When Should I Get an Oil Change?
The old school of thought was 3 months or 5000km, whichever came first. Over time though, our technology has gotten better in terms of engine efficiency, oil durability, and filter effectiveness. This means that oil doesn’t need to be changed as often. If you talk to a lube shop or a mechanic, they might disagree, but of course they want more oil changes to help make more money. If you are getting oil changes through your dealership with a vehicle under warranty, you should follow their recommendations to ensure if something goes wrong, you can’t be held responsible for being negligent with your service intervals. The best place to look to be sure, is your owner’s manual. It will list the manufacturers recommended service intervals. If you can follow those, you should have no issues. Also keep in mind, you should check your oil dipstick regularly to make sure the oil level is good and that the oil is completely black or have metal flakes in it. If you see either of those problems, it may be time to see your oil change specialist.
Getting your oil changed regularly is a vital part of ensuring the longevity of your vehicle. So make sure to record when your next interval is, and book an appointment to have the friendly staff at Lexus of Edmonton's service department to keep your vehicle in top shape.