When it comes to auto maintenance few things are as important as routine oil changes. This quick service is necessary for several important reasons to ensure that your vehicle does not suffer from any major engine issues. Our mechanics constantly see the difference in vehicles that have been serviced regularly and those that haven’t. Plugged oil pump inlet screens, lifter or other engine noises, stuck piston rings, loss of oil pressure, premature engine wear or failure – all symptoms of extended oil changes.
What exactly does oil do for your car and why is it so important to change it frequently? Oil is the main lubricator for all the moving parts in your engine, as well as keeping those moving parts cool. It’s very important because without oil (or without quality oil) your car’s engine could be at risk to damage from metal on metal contact and overheating.
Now, you may be thinking, “why change it every 5,000 miles?” Well that’s because over time, as the oil circulates through the engine, it picks up contaminants such as dirt and micro metal shavings. This causes the oil to turn from a smooth liquid to a clumpy sludge which can leave deposits in your engine. If there is old, dirty oil running through your engine, it can quickly cause serious engine damage. So, as you can tell, it’s crucial that your car’s oil is being changed on a regular basis. Now that we’ve determined how important it is to have regular oil changes, the next question is what kind of oil should you get?
There are a few different types of oil out there, there’s conventional oil, synthetic blend or semi-synthetic oil, and fully synthetic oil. If you’ve never heard of synthetic oil, it means it was created in a lab, so the synthetic blend and fully synthetic oils have been modified or created in a lab to perform better in certain areas. Conventional oil is just that, oil refined from crude oil. Conventional oil is definitely the cheapest, and gets the job done in most vehicles. Synthetic oils will be more expensive, and tend to perform best in older and/or high-performance vehicles. Synthetic oils boast longer life and lubrication, but aren’t always worth the extra money. Without getting into too much detail on why different oil is better for different engines, your best bet is always to consult your owner’s manual, or call us here at Tire Mania at 813-246-4050 and we’ll advise you on the best oil for your vehicle.