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Have you ever wondered why you need to have the oil in your car changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles? Most people simply accept this as standard advice without questioning it, but we think it’s important for car owners to understand the reason for this service recommendation. In simple terms, your vehicle’s oil is its lifeblood. It affects engine performance when your oil gets old and corroded. Poor quality oil also increases the likelihood that your car will need major repairs much sooner than it would have with fresh oil.

What Does Oil Do, Exactly?

Oil helps to prevent carbon and varnish from collecting and building up on your engine. It is essential for the numerous components of your car to work together. Without oil, your car could literally blow up due to the thousands of small explosions that take place inside of the engine every minute. Oil pulls heat away from your car’s combustion chamber to keep it running despite what’s happening with the engine.

As you drive your car each day, the oil collects carbons, heat, and varnish while protecting the engine and keeping the vehicle running. No matter how high the quality of the oil, it eventually degrades and becomes like sludge. The additives in the oil wear out and need replacement as well. For this reason, we recommend that you get an oil change every three months or 3,000 to 5,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What Determines How Often You Should Get an Oil Change?

The answer to this question is usually located in your owner’s manual. It also depends on the type of vehicle you drive, your average number of annual miles driven, and the type of oil it takes. While the three-month and 3,000 to 5,000-mile recommendation remains standard, you also need to consider several variables. For example, you may put 2,000 miles on your car within a few weeks when you take a family road trip, which means you will need an oil change sooner. Frequent driving in extreme weather or towing heavy weights behind your vehicle can affect the performance of your oil and engine as well.

Consequences of Skipping Regular Oil Changes

We understand that life gets busy and you don’t always remember to schedule an oil change for your car. Some people also just don’t think it’s important. In either case, we know you don’t want to deal with an engine clogged with sludge. Not only is it a mess, but cleaning and replacing it can get expensive. If you forgo changing the oil for too long, you could have broken pistons on your hands. The cost of replacement starts at around $1,800 and can climb to more than $3,500, depending on your vehicle’s make, model, and engine size.

Prevent Expenses Repairs by Scheduling an Oil Change Today

The cost of regular maintenance of your vehicle is minimal compared to paying for repairs or even buying a new car to replace it. It takes just a minute to schedule an oil change appointment with North Hollywood Toyota and protect your investment. 

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