While your car will need repairs off and on, there’s no more important routine maintenance item than changing the oil. Christian Brothers Automotive’s number one priority is keeping your car running like new for as long as possible. So today, our auto repair experts answer your questions about oil changes.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN OIL CHANGE?
When you take your car to our auto repair shop, we always make sure to replace the old oil with new oil. At the same time, we’ll also change the engine oil filter. While it might be a simple change, it can work wonders for your vehicle’s engine and overall performance.
HOW DOES OIL HELP MY VEHICLE?
Automobiles are complicated machines that fight the elements and rough road conditions on a daily basis. A lot of heat and friction is created when so many parts are working together. Oil helps absorb heat and lubricate the moving parts for seamless performance. This prevents your vehicle from overheating during a long commute or road trip.
THE OIL FILTER’S FUNCTION
The purpose of engine oil is to lubricate all of the moving pieces under the hood that create the energy for your car to move on the road. In addition to preventing metal components from damaging each other, the lubrication also deters overheating. This lubrication greatly increases the life of your engine and makes sure every component works together properly. The oil filter helps the oil achieve this.
In order for the oil to do its job properly, it must be clean. This is where the filter does its job. It keeps out debris, dirt, and other particles that would otherwise contaminate the oil. A clean oil filter means cleaner oil. Cleaner oil means your car will run that much better.
OIL FILTER TYPES
Not enough people give the oil filter enough credit for prolonging the life of your vehicle. That’s why you’ll never drive a car without one!
There are two different types of oil filters you should be aware of:
The first type is a small canister that can be removed and installed easily.
The second oil filter type is more involved to change out. It has a separate filter that is installed in the cap of the filter housing.
No matter which one your car uses, it will keep your oil clean.
WHEN DOES MY OIL NEED TO BE REPLACED?
This is the most common question we get asked at our auto repair center. There’s actually no single answer because there are a variety of factors that determine the lifespan of engine oil. This includes items ranging from how old your engine is to the way you drive, where you live, and what type of oil you use. Generally speaking, the magic number for most people falls between every 3,000 – 5,000 miles.
At Christian Brothers, we suggest that drivers schedule an oil change every 3,000 miles if they have the following driving habits:
Frequent stop-and-go traffic
Regular short mileage trips
Frequent driving in humid climates
Frequent driving in temperatures less than 10 degrees or more than 90 degrees
Schedule an Oil Change Today
At Christian Brothers Automotive, we strive to give our customers the best oil change experience possible. From a comfortable, clean waiting room to quick service, you’ll be happy you chose our auto repair shop. Don’t hesitate to ask any of our experienced auto technicians questions about our oil and filter change service.
If you have an oil change coming up, schedule it with us by calling Christian Brothers Automotive today! See the nice difference.