Why Should I Get An Oil Change

Oil Change Basics in Edmonton, AB

Do you ever ask yourself “why should I get an oil change?” Understanding the most basic operation of an automobile engine comes down to knowing that encompasses many moving mechanical parts, between which a layer of oil is necessary to prevent friction that lead to wear and tear. In time and use, oil breaks down in the punishing environment of an internal combustion engine – this is why we need to change it every now and then to keep an engine’s internal parts happy and in good shape. You can find out more about why you should change your oil at Lexus of Edmonton in Edmonton, AB.

What Happens To Engine Oil

The molecular structure of motor oil breaks down under consistently high operating temperatures. When this occurs, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant - less slippery - and when that happens engine parts rub together and wear each other out. Motor oil also contains additives that make it more slippery and that have the ability to neutralize contaminants that occur as a byproduct of the engine's combustion process. Over time these additives get used up and stop being effective. Finally, motor oil absorbs water, dust and combustion byproducts and eventually, the oil gets so saturated with these contaminants that they undermine its lubricating ability, and begin to erode the engine itself.

How To Maintain Your Oil

Thee larger issue of course is not so much maintain the oil, but maintaining the engine. Check your oil level regularly - particularly before a long road trip - by examining the oil dipstick with the engine off and while on a level surface. If the level is low, obtain a top-up with the right grade of engine oil, and, importantly, get an assessment to explain the low oil level. Modern engines don't consume or lose oil the way engines used to, so if you are low, it may be a signal that something may not be functioning correctly. If you notice oily residue on your driveway or garage floor, this is an indicator of an oil leak that should be tracked down and fixed as soon as possible to avoid further damage.

How Often Should Oil Be Changed

This is a question made particularly contentious by the changes in both engine and oil technologies. The simple answer is that your oil should be changed according to the schedule determined by the manufacturer and with the type of oil that they specify. The grey area is the adjustment required when having to account for heavy use, defined as consistent high speed driving, the carrying of heavy loads, driving on dirt roads, punishing terrain and climatic extremes. As a rule of thumb, a 5000 to 7,500 km change on your odometer is a good signal that your oil should be changed if your driving is not within the "heavy use category". However, virtually every car in Canada does fit into this category due to our weather extremes. Because of this, even if you haven't travelled 5000 to 7,500 km your engine oil is best changed at least at Spring to get rid of the moisture built up over the Winter and at Fall to replace the viscosity lost due to Summer's high temperatures.

Get My Oil Changed At Lexus Of Edmonton

Don’t wait any longer, the best way to keep your engine’s insides in good shape is to make sure your oil stays fresh and at the right level. Lexus of Edmonton is open Monday to Friday 9AM to 7PM, and Saturdays 9AM to 5:30PM, and expert service staff will be happy to address all of your questions and concerns about why you should change your oil. Visit us at 11204 170 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, or give us a call at (780) 466-8300 to book a service appointment today.