Virtually every automobile in the world runs on oil. It should come as no surprise that you need to chance the oil in your automobile regularly in order to keep your engine running smoothly. An auto’s engine depends on the oil that moves through it in order to run. If your car runs out of out, there are some very serious and costly damages that can occur.
Even new cars need regular oil changes to ensure that old oil is filtered completely out of the engine and new oil replaces it. One of the best ways to ensure that your vehicle is not using old oil is to get the oil changed every 3,000 miles or as prescribed in the user’s manual or by the dealer where you purchased your vehicle. Older cars may need to have the oil changed even more frequently.
One of the quickest ways to get an oil change is to take your automobile to an oil change shop. There are many different shops but the ones that specialize in oil changes can typically have your automobile into the shop without you having to get out of your car and complete an oil change in about 20 minutes or so. These shops can also replace windshield wiper blades and check other fluids in your automobile such as your windshield wiper solvent and radiator coolant.
Failing to get an oil change makes your engine continue to recycle dirty oil through it. This can cause engine problems when the old oil starts to build up inside the engine block and other areas. If you drive you automobile a lot, it will continue to use the same oil but eventually that oil gets used up and one of the worse things that can happen to your engine is to run out of oil. When this happens, your engine can lock up and your car can stop suddenly no matter where you are, creating a very hazardous situation.
Checking your oil level is easy to do. Under the hood, there is a “stick” that is usually marked so that you know it is for the oil and not another fluid. You can pull this stick out to see where your oil level is. If it says your oil is low, you need to add some or take your car to a shop that can add it for you. Check the ground where you park your car if you’ve recently added oil and the oil is still showing low on the stick. You may have an oil leak that can be fixed with a stop leak solution. If the oil is not leaking but is still showing low regularly, you may be burning oil which is a problem that will require repair at an auto shop.
Maintaining the right oil level and using the right type of oil is important to the life of your engine. When weather is cold a different weight of oil is always appropriate.