Understanding Automotive Brake Parts and Services

Automotive Oil Change Myths And Misconceptions

Vehicle maintenance is a task that involves meeting a variety of needs for the car. Failing to adequately provide for these needs can result in the car suffering a number of mechanical problems and issues that could pose safety issues while also being remarkably expensive to repair. In particular, changing the oil on a regular basis is one of the most important tasks that you can do.  

Myth: It Does Not Matter What Type Of Oil You Use

There is a common belief that the type of oil that you use in your vehicle will not be particularly important. Often, it is assumed that every oil will provide essentially the same protection to the engine. Yet, there are a number of ways that different types of oil can vary. For example, if you choose an oil that is too thick for the design specifications of your engine, it could lead to clogs and jams. Conversely, choosing an oil that is too light can allow it to quickly burn away, which can leave the engine exposed to this friction. Avoiding these potential risks will involve checking your owner's manual to ensure you only choose an oil that is compatible with your engine design.

Myth: The Oil Is The Only Thing Changed During This Maintenance

When changing the oil, there is an assumption that people will often think that the oil is the only thing that will need to be changed during this work. However, you will also want to ensure that your engine's air and oil filters are in good condition. Metal shards from wear on the engine components along with globs of coagulated oil can cause major performance issues. If the oil filter becomes clogged by these substances, it may severely inhibit the flow of oil to the engine. Additionally, debris from the air can inhibit the ability of the air filter to supply air to the engine, which can also impact its performance. By changing these two filters, you will be able to ensure your engine is getting enough oil and air to function smoothly and efficiently.

Oil changes are a routine aspect of vehicle ownership, but it is common for people to be uninformed about this routine task. By appreciating the importance of only using oil that is compatible with the engine along with changing the oil and air filters, you may be better prepared to keep your car running smoothly for many years and miles to come. Contact a shop, like Dualtone Muffler Brake & Alignment, for more help.