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Oil Change Service in Marianna, AL
Spend a Little Now…Save A Lot Later
Many of us harbor fond memories of our cars from the 60s or 70s, but the truth is…in those days, it was hard to get more than 130,000 miles out of a car before it was ready for the salvage yard. Today, it’s pretty common to see cars with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and many good miles left in them.
Even the best car, however, isn’t going to make it nearly that far without quality maintenance…and just like in your dad’s day, 40 years ago, one of the best things you can do for your car’s longevity is oil changes.
Why Are Oil Changes So Important?
Inside an automobile engine are many, many moving parts that all run on extremely close tolerances. That means a lot of direct metal-to-metal contact; a film of lubrication is vital to cut friction, disperse excess heat and reduce wear. Motor oils have improved a great deal in the last 20 years, but any motor oil will break down over time.
An engine runs on thousands of explosions within the cylinders’ combustion chambers, which generate a lot of heat and sooty carbon deposits which make their way into the oil. The detergents and other additives in motor oil suspend those particles so the paper element of the oil filter can trap them, but over several thousand miles the filter becomes saturated. If left too long, sludgy deposits will start to build up on bearings, oil galleys, valvetrain parts and other internal assemblies, speeding up wear.
That’s why we say “spend a little now…save a lot later!”
How Often Does Motor Oil Need To Be Changed?
Up until the last 15 years or so, almost all motor oils were mineral-based, with recommended oil changes of 3-5,000 miles. Newer oil formulations, with the right additives, can go 5-8,000 miles. Most manufacturers, though, recommend synthetic motor oil for new vehicles.
Synthetics are about the double the price of conventional motor oil, but they offer excellent performance and lubrication properties, and can be changed at 10-15,000 mile intervals. Always check your car’s owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations on oil change intervals.
What’s your odometer say? Is it time for an oil change? Make an appointment with Road Mart Tire and let us take care of it!