Do you remember your last oil change? How long has it been, and how many miles have you driven your car since then? As a rule of thumb, you should schedule an oil change every 3,000 miles. This is a simple car care requirement that your local auto service center can provide using the appropriate motor oil for your vehicle model. Here are three reasons an oil change is so important.
It’s essential that your engine is well lubricated. Without adequate lubrication, the many metal parts in the engine will grind against each other and create heat and friction. Stale oil leads to a lack of lubrication and is a primary cause of premature engine wear that leads to expensive engine repair or rebuild.
Rust can be catastrophic to the engine components. Fresh oil protects the internal parts from rusting. If you spot rust forming anywhere around the engine or other part under the hood, there may be more rust in areas that are out of sight. Signs of rust warrant professional mechanic attention right away. Rust may be a sign your car is way overdue for an oil change.
Oil keeps the engine at just the right temperature, not too cold and definitely not too hot. If smoke is blowing out of the hood, pull over when safe to do so, and don’t drive further. Have the car towed to an auto shop. Driving with a severely overheated engine will only exacerbate the damage.
Need to Schedule an Oil Change Near Lynnwood?
Even if your vehicle user manual states the car can go for more than 3,000 miles between oil changes, you may require one sooner if you drive under harsh conditions. This may include off-road driving and stop-and-go commuting. Make an appointment with Papa Bear’s Auto Center in Bothell for servicing. We perform oil changes on all models, including fleet vehicles. Never let your vehicle go without fresh oil.
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