When Do You Really Need an Oil Change?

Even after you've done your research, you're probably still left confused and scratching your head. Nobody seems to have a definitive answer on when you should get your oil changed. Some swear by frequent changes while others, regardless of vehicle, stick with what their scheduled maintenance guide says.

So, why all the confusion?

We've all heard the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Oil changes are one of the most affordable preventative measures you can take to extend the life of your vehicle. It makes sense that people would want to protect their investment and avoid that financial hassle of paying more down the road in unnecessary engine repairs by scheduling regular oil changes.

It's a misconception that oil changes should take place when a certain mileage or time limit is reached. Your car's engine doesn't live by a calendar and neither does its oil. Meaning, if your car is sitting idle, there is less need to replace the engine oil. If you're driving regularly, however, you should consider in other factors besides mileage. For example, where and how you drive your vehicle will influence your need for an oil change. Weather can also impact your vehicle, including extreme heat or cold temperatures. Driving through areas with lots of dust, sand, and other debris can pollute your oil and affect your engine.

Probably the worst thing you could do for your car is regularly putting off changing your oil. By not acting, your vehicle's oil will begin to gunk up and attach itself to cooler parts of the engine, causing damage to vital parts such as the crankcase, camshafts, and valves. Continuous driving will create carbon deposits, or sludge, coming out of the old oil and contaminating your engine.

Putting off oil changes will lead to expensive engine cleanings or force you to replace vital parts. In the end, having to pay for a few high-quality oil changes versus paying for multiple engine repairs is preferable. You should seriously consider regular oil changes, if not for anything else, as insurance for the longevity of your vehicle's engine.

The worst thing you could do is write off getting an oil change as an inconvenience or a hassle. In fact, an oil change from a certified service technician shouldn't take more than a half hour to complete. Quite honestly, if you value your time and money, the benefits of having your oil changed quite honestly will far outweigh the price you will pay if you don't. Paying a few bucks for an oil change is a whole lot cheaper than paying for an entirely new engine.

If your car needs an oil change or maintenance come down to Norm Reeves Lincoln's Service Center located at 18900 Studebaker Rd Cerritos, CA 90703.