How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

For drivers in the Elkin and Jonesville area, your car is a symbol of convenience and independence. You rely on it to take you to and from work, as well as to the grocery store and doctor's office. It's what you use to take the kids to their sports and activities and allows you to travel out of town on weekends. You require transportation, and that means your vehicle needs routine maintenance and regular oil changes.

Maintaining your vehicle on a regular basis will ensure it is ready to drive you anywhere you want and need to go. But why exactly do you need to change your oil regularly? And how often do you need to change it? 


Here Is What You Need to Know About an Oil Change

This short article will help answer why, how, and how often this vital service should be performed.

Why Should You Change Your Oil?

Unfortunately, some vehicle owners simply disregard changing oil until it is long overdue; however, not changing oil will become a major problem eventually. It could literally leave you stranded!  

A sophisticated system with dozens of moving pieces resides beneath the hood of your car or truck. There is a lot of friction and heat created from pistons, valves, and other components that move and press against one another. 

Your engine oil is there to make sure all of those parts are lubricated. The engine oil absorbs the heat generated by friction and thereby helps your engine maintains a constant, safe operating temperature. Otherwise, you can imagine what happens when these parts get overheated.

The roads on which we drive are only so clean. If dirt and debris are allowed to collect on your engine components, it will lead to corrosion and, ultimately, expensive engine repairs. Sludge and grime are removed by oil, ensuring your engine is as clean as possible. This protects your engine, improves gas mileage, and extends the life of your car.

However, oil degrades with time. When it breaks down, it can't do its vital heat-absorbing job. That means your engine's components will get overheated. Overlooking an oil change will result in a slew of costly issues. On the other hand, getting a quick oil change from your trusted mechanic is an investment in the longevity of your vehicle. An oil change will help keep your car running for years to come.

How Does an Oil Change Work?

There are several steps that mechanics and technicians follow in order to change your oil. First, the tech will raise our car on the lift. Then they will remove the oil pan from below your vehicle. With the oil pan removed, all of the oil that had been circulating in your engine is allowed to drain. Next, the technician will remove the oil filter and replace it with a new one. That way, before the new oil runs through the car, the filter will protect it from unwanted contaminants. Finally, the oil pan is reattached, and fresh new oil is added to your vehicle

How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed?

The answer to this question varies based on a number of factors, including a vehicle's age and your typical driving conditions. Conventional thinking was that your oil needed to be changed every 3,000 miles; however, oil changes are usually only required every 5,000 miles on newer automobiles. 

Some modern engines use synthetic oils, which allows them to run even further between oil changes. However, for older vehicles, you probably should stick with the old-school 3,000-mile rule. 

There are a variety of road surfaces in western North Carolina. If you live miles down a dirt road, drive on forest service roads, or find yourself frequently navigating snow and ice, you may need to have your oil changed more frequently than 5,000 miles. 

Your best bet is to have a conversation with us when you drop off your vehicle. We can help you determine just how often to have your oil changed.

How Can Routine Oil Changes Save You Money?

Changing your oil regularly helps protect your vehicle's engine and its components. When engines fail, sometimes the only solution is to buy a new car. You want to do everything you can to prevent that from being your vehicle's demise. But not only will regularly changing your oil reduce the chances of a major engine failure, but it will also help improve your fuel mileage as well. Schedule your next oil change today. Your car and wallet will thank you. 

For drivers in the Jonesville and Elkin area, you will not find a mechanic with more experience and expertise than Jody's Automotive. We have been helping car owners protect their vehicles through routine maintenance practices for many years. If you are due for an oil change, contact us or bring your car by the shop today. We will help you get back on the road quickly and safely.