Regularly scheduled oil changes is one of the most dependable and inexpensive ways of prolonging the life of your car. Although at times it might seem a little unnecessary to spend money on maintenance for a perfectly operating vehicle, you probably owe that vehicle’s consistent performance to regular oil changes. There’s a whole lot going on under that hood of yours, and having clean oil makes it all run smoothly.
Oil lubricates and seals many parts of your engine, which is a highly coordinated flurry of movement. Without adequate engine oil, all these processes become laboured, which results in your engine deteriorating at a much quicker pace. Without oil lubricating the movements of the pistons and the valves, metal-on-metal contact becomes frequent. It will begin as a slightly louder operational sound, and will result in your car being dumped in some scrap yard.
With newer cars and modern engine oil, you should change your oil once every 5000-7500 miles. With older carbureted vehicles, it’s closer to 3000 miles. However, this is with average driving habits. If you’re a road warrior, this number will be considerably lower.
Along with your engine oil being replaced, the technicians at an auto shop will replace your vehicle’s oil filter. This keeps your engine’s oil running clean for as long as possible. They will most likely check other fluids like transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield wiper detergent. They will make sure these are at appropriate levels and that they are not in need of replacing.
Yes, but a better question is, “should I?” You must be absolutely sure that you have the right experience, tools and means for properly catching and disposing oil. Furthermore, getting under a vehicle is incredibly dangerous. Make sure that you have a set of ramps in good condition (not homemade) to get your vehicle off the ground, an oil-pan, funnel, socket set, filter wrench, fresh oil and a new filter. Also, have a supervisor! If you’re pinned underneath your vehicle, you probably won’t be able to call for help yourself. Make sure that you know where and how to dispose of your old oil. Contact auto shops, and transfer stations to see if they accept old oil, and ask yourself if you really want to drive a dirty pan full of oil inside your car to one of these places. It’s going to be messy. Finally, compare the cost and effort compared to taking it to a shop. Chances are, you’re not going to save a lot of money doing it yourself, and it’s probably going to be a lot more work than it’s worth. Trust me.
No. Overfilled oil levels can be disastrous for a vehicle’s engine. If oil sits too high in the tank, the crankshaft, which is responsible for the piston’s movement inside the engine, will be partially submerged. This will make the oil to heat up and aerate, causing the oil to froth and the engine to be inadequately lubricated. Also, this will lead to a much higher oil pressure which can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your engine.
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