You’ve long been told that you need to have the oil changed in your car on a regular basis. But what you’ve never been told is why you need that oil change.
There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to change the oil in your car. Old oil has the tendency to dry out, turn into a sludge-like substance, and sticks together. This oil sludge brings several risks:
- Old oil does not provide ample lubrication for all the moving parts of your engine. Increased friction means increased wear and tear.
- Friction also produces heat, which can cause your engine to overheat or catch fire.
- The increased lubrication provided by clean oil helps flush out dirt particles in your engine. These dirt particles contribute to the wear and tear of an engine.
- When an engine is not properly lubricated, it must work harder to fight against all the friction. And a harder-working engine is one with reduced gas mileage.
To sum it up, regularly changing the oil in your car improves performance, increases fuel efficiency, extends the life of your engine, and makes your car safer to drive.
When You Need an Oil Change
How often should you change your oil? Every 3,000 miles is a good standard to follow, but there are many different types of oil and some are good for up to 10,000 miles. It’s usually best to speak to the technician who is changing your oil about the type of oil that’s best for your car and how long you should drive before having it changed again.
Most Hyundai cars feature an electronic computer system that notifies drivers when it’s time for an oil change by illuminating a light on the dashboard. It’s also a good idea to check the owner’s manual of your vehicle to familiarize yourself with your dashboard’s alert notifications.
You can even take a couple minutes to check your oil levels yourself to see if you’re ready for an oil change.
An oil change is a quick process when performed by a professional. They will simply drain your old oil, replace the oil filter, and fill up your car with a fresh batch of oil.
At Zimbrick Hyundai Eastside, you can have your oil changed and be on your way in no time. Just call us at 608-316-8890 to schedule an appointment to have the oil changed in your Hyundai and keep your car running like a well-oiled machine.