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Oil Change Service in Dothan, AL
Oil Changes in Dothan, AL
You might have loved that 60s or 70s model car that you had years ago, but…the truth is that most of those cars were ready for the salvage yard when they had 120,000 miles on them. Today, we regularly see vehicles with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and many good miles left to go.
Even the most well-made car, however, won’t make it nearly that far without the right maintenance. Just like 40 years ago, the single best thing you can do to get that kind of longevity out of your car is to change the oil regularly.
Why Are Oil Changes So Important?
The moving parts in your engine all run on very close clearances, with a lot of direct metal/metal contact. It’s essential to have a film of lubrication to reduce wear by dispersing excess heat and cutting friction. While motor oils have improved a great deal, any motor oil still breaks down over time.
The explosions that go on in the engine’s cylinders generate a lot of heat, acids and sooty carbon deposits which make their way into motor oil. Detergents and other additives suspend particles so that they can be trapped in the oil filter, but the filter’s paper element becomes saturated over several thousand miles. Sludgy deposits then start to build up on oil galleys, valvetrain parts, bearings and other internal assemblies, speeding up wear.
Older mineral-based oils need to be changed every 5-8,000 miles, thanks to their improved formulations. Synthetic motor oil is about double the price per quart compared to conventional oil, but it offers superior protection and can be changed at a 10-12,000 mile interval. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations.
What’s your odometer say? Time for an oil change? Make an appointment with us at Road Mart Tire!