The importance of having your oil changed
Why does your mechanic, your mother and father, and everyone else, keep reminding you that changing your oil is so very important? Hopefully, after you read this you'll be convinced to get your car's oil changed regularly.
What is an oil change for, exactly?
Oil is used to lubricate the instruments. The lubrication is important to prevent friction; elements rubbing against each other create energy. Because the engine demands so much use from the oil, eventually the chemical compound of the motor oil breaks down and no longer provides lubrication. Without lubrication, engine parts rub directly against each other, the results of which can cause severe damage and, ultimately, stop working. Therefore, old, less effective oil needs to be drained and new, fresh oil needs to be added to ensure proper lubrication.
Twenty to thirty dollars spent now will save your engine from costly repairs later. It's an important part of preventative maintenance for your car. Most mechanics will include other services along with your oil change such as tire pressure checks, hose inspections and transmission fluid top-offs.
When you get your oil changed, the mechanic may tell you that you need to replace your oil filter, hose, transmission fluid, etc. At this point you may feel up-selling pressure. Certainly, there are mechanics who are out to make money. So it's important to find a mechanic you can trust.
How often do I change the oil?
The average suggestion is every three to five thousand miles. If you spend a lot of time in heavy stop-and-go city traffic, you are causing more of a strain on your engine and may need an oil change sooner. Your mechanic will give you their best estimate of when to come back, and will usually put a reminder sticker on your driver's side windshield.
Hopefully you've added to your list of necessary tasks regular oil changes.