Oil changes are one of the many factors that go into keeping your car in good working condition. If you don’t maintain oil changes according to the vehicle manufacturer, you run the risk of voiding the vehicle warranty.
There are three main types of oil: conventional, synthetic, and synthetic blend. Conventional oil is refined crude oil that has been pumped from the ground. Synthetic oil is manufactured artificially from chemical compounds with the goal of mimicking the best properties of natural oil. Synthetic blend uses a mixture of synthetic and conventional base oils for added resistance to oxidation.
Proactively changing the oil in your vehicle will help your engine continue to run at optimal performance, and will help avoid costly repairs down the road. In addition, routine oil changes provide the following benefits to your vehicle:
- Keep your Engine Clean: Changing your engine oil and replacing your filter on a regular basis will remove harmful debris that can make their way into your engine before they do damage.
- Protects Other Engine Parts: Inside the vehicle’s engine, there are many moving components that keep the engine in good working order. Making sure you have clean oil in your engine is vital to ensure these parts keep moving and running efficiently and from wearing down over time.
- Better Gas Mileage: Vehicle miles-per-gallon are affected by a number of factors including personal driving habits, environment and maintenance. Without proper maintenance, like oil changes, dirt and grime will build up in your engine causing friction, which directly affects engine performance and fuel economy.
The type of oil that needs to be used in your car will be noted in your owner’s manual. It will depend on what kind of car, and how often you drive.