Your vehicle’s parts are protected from dirt by oil. Your car’s parts get lubricated. It prevents your car from overheating. Without it, your engine would be sitting squarely in the center of your local junkyard.
Scheduling regular oil changes is vital to the life of any vehicle.
You will have to make sure the oil is changed regularly because your car’s engine has an oil filter, which is responsible for storing any harmful content that may come from your engine – this too needs regular maintenance.
Think about it this way – how would you be able to live without functioning liver and kidneys? Your body will be sure to bog down to numerous illnesses, as the two aforementioned parts keep impurities away from your blood – so what’s to do if they’re not working?
Oil is to your vehicle as blood is to your body. Your car needs clean oil to keep going. What would happen if you never changed your oil?
For starters, you’d be luckier than a lotto winner if your car got 30,000 miles on it before breaking down.
Say you only change your oil once a year. Your car seems to be running fine, so no harm done, right? But wait a minute, Mr. Postman. As you speak, contaminants have a stranglehold on your engine’s oil flow. It won’t be long till you find yourself coming to a standstill.
Regular oil changes are as important to your car as daily trips to the bathroom are to you. Now, we won’t take the analogy too far, but you get the idea. Your vehicle can avoid constant repair (while saving you some money) through this means of car maintenance.
I once overheard two mechanics talking about regular oil changes every 2,000 miles as the secret to keeping a car around forever. That may seem excessive to some folks. No, I’m not – I followed their advice and I’ve been driving the same car for the past two decades.
You’ll have to get your car checked at a service station ASAP if you see oil leaking on your driveway after parking your car. We don’t mean to scare you, but this could be a cause for panic – don’t hesitate in having your car inspected. Be alert as well if you smell smoke coming from the engine area!
Here’s a very quick guide to changing your oil by yourself. It’s best to check the oil when your engine is cold. Remove the cap and the dipstick as well. Wipe it with a clean tissue or paper towel. Reinsert the stick all the way. Then pull it back out and check the dipstick. You should be able to see distinct lines showing “add” and “full”. You wouldn’t need to change anything yet if the oil film is between both lines. But if you see it below the “add” line, then you’ll need to add a quart. Follow all the instructions in your car’s manual for best results. And once you’ve added the oil, it’s almost like lather, rinse, repeat – just keep going till there’s enough oil in there!
See, that wasn’t too hard, was it?
Make sure you take the time to check the oil levels in your car, and have it changed regularly. If you do this regularly, you could be like me and have a trustworthy, smooth-running vehicle for years to come.
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