Why Changing Your Car’s Oil is So Important

Changing your oil can stay on your to do list for a much longer time than it should. Changing your oil is crucial and should be one of your top priorities.

One thing that always seems to be on everybody’s to do list is changing the oil in their cars.

It is just one of those things that is a daunting and time consuming hassle. Though we all know that it’s something we should get around to doing more times than we’d like to admit, that dashboard light stays on for an extended period of time.

It is very important not to put it off for long. Changing your oil on a regular basis is arguably to keep your car at peak performance and maximize the life of your car, maximize horsepower and make sure all cylinders are firing.

Although this is all well and good, the real reasons you should change your oil is the significant damage that not changing your oil can inflict on your car. The oil lubricates all moving parts and not changing your oil can have serious consequences on your engine.

By not having oil, or only having oil that is no longer good due to dirt build-up, you run the risk of having moving parts jam, not work properly or fail alltogether.

There are two ways to go about having your oil changed. You can do it yourself
or you can have a professional mechanic do it. Because of today’s rules and restrictions regarding the disposal of oil, I would recommend having a professional mechanic change your oil.

Don’t negate the importance of changing your oil. Especially now that the summer is right around the corner, you want your car running to its full potential.

Right now you can take advantage of a great deal from a reputable ASE certified Long Islandauto mechanic that includes: an oil change, a tire rotation, and a safety inspection for only $12!! For more information, click here.

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Elliot Zuckerman April 21, 2012 at 01:54 PM
changing your oil every 3000 miles will keep your car running forever, I change my oil every 3000 miles need it or not and if you do nothing else, change your oil, your car will love you..
paul April 21, 2012 at 02:24 PM
The article was good about changing your oil,,,. Absolutely 100 percent accurate information. You should have your oil changed every 3000 miles or every 3 months. Which ever occurs first.. Then I realized the story is more about an advertisement for a shop rather than information. Bottom line please change your oil. As Elliot said "Your car will love you for it."
paul April 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Start by making sure you're getting a good product. Most major brand name oils are almost identical. Don't be fooled by marketing. Start with any place that is branded by a major oil name: Example: like Texaco Xpress Lube or Shell Rapid Lube, or Valvoline. (just a rule of thumb) This is the best way to ensure you're actually getting the brand oil displayed on the tanks. These facilities are required by the oil companies to use their products and their usage is regularly reviewed.
paul April 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Don't go to the cheapest place you can find. A $12.99 oil change is likely to use generic or even recycled oil. Shops doing the super-cheap oil changes will often display signage for a particular brand of oil, but fill up their tanks with cheaper products so they don't lose money. I know of a shop that fills up Mobil 1 oil bottles with generic conventional oil. Some shops will even skip changing the filter. A terrible thing to do to a customer. Watch what they do. Find a shop where you can watch from outside the service bay or within the waiting area. Employees are more careful and thorough when they know the customer is watching. If you can't see what they're doing, go somewhere else. Know your car. Shops will recommend other services. Not all shops do it to rip you off. 3/4 of all cars with more than 30K miles will genuinely need other things. They have a maintenance schedule because things wear out, especially fluids. If a shop recommends something and you're not positive you actually need it, don't have it performed that day. Check your manual to see if it's supposed to be serviced at that interval and come back another day.
An tUasal Airgead April 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
“There was a time when the 3,000 miles was a good guideline,” said Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor for the car site Edmunds.com. “But it’s no longer true for any car bought in the last seven or eight years.” Oil chemistry and engine technology have improved to the point that most cars can go several thousand more miles before changing the oil, Mr. Reed said. A better average, he said, would be 7,500 between oil changes, and sometimes up to 10,000 miles or more. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/11/your-money/11shortcuts.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=homepage
An tUasal Airgead April 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
While the car-servicing industry is clear about its reasons for believing in the 3,000-mile oil change, customers cling to it only because they're largely unaware of advances in automotive technology. Among 2010 models, the average recommended oil change interval, based on a normal service schedule, is about 7,800 miles — more than double the traditional 3,000-mile interval. The longest oil change interval is 20,000 miles, for all Porsches. The shortest oil change interval is 5,000 miles in some late-model Toyotas, but the carmaker has begun shifting its fleet to 10,000-mile oil change intervals using synthetic oil. http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/stop-changing-your-oil.html
An tUasal Airgead April 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
“For modern cars, every 3,000 miles is too often. It’s wasting time, money and petroleum,” said Steve Mazor, manager of the Automotive Research Center at the Auto Club of Southern California, a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association. General Motors vehicles have an oil-monitor light that alerts owners when it is time to change the oil, usually every 6,000 to 7,500 miles, said Alan Adler, a spokesman. For its new vehicles, Chrysler recommends oil changes every 8,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/california-urges-drivers-to-change-the-oil-less-often/
Jimmy Palakis April 21, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Thanks for your input everyone. My family has been in the auto industry forever and I always changed my oil every 3,000, unless using synthetic which is more. I understand your point in terms of relating cheap price to cheap service, BUT WheelsNeedDeals.com prides itself on negotiating affordable prices for top quality service at reputable businesses. Most of our erchants including this one, are ASE certified and adhere to our strict 3 tier checklist: Cleanliness, Quality, and Reputation.
paul April 22, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I am surprised at some of the above comments: First - “For modern cars, every 3,000 miles is too often. It’s wasting time, money and petroleum" That sounds like the environmentalists talking, and not understanding what changing the oil means. They probably do not even have cars.... Second - General Motors vehicles have an oil-monitor light that alerts owners when it is time to change the oil. Really! GM Oil Life Monitor System does not sense oil condition. FACT!!! It tells the average person nothing about the oil. There are NO oil change indicator system monitors that physically check the condition of the oil. Cheap no name oil vs. a name brand is more than just a higher price. It would be the same as purchasing name brand gasoline vs. a no name. The oil will lubricate like oils should but will not have all the additives, detergents etc that are needed for prolonged engine life. That goes the same for gasoline. Less additives like detergents are needed to keep your car running leaner, cleaner and meaner. So oil is not oil and gas is not gas. Bottom line - an oil change is the most important least expensive preventative maintenance item you should do every 3000 miles or 3 months which ever occurs first. You be the judge....
paul April 22, 2012 at 02:35 AM
To Jimmy Palakis: Thank you for letting me know about your strict 3 tier checklist: Cleanliness, Quality, and Reputation. What about Knowledgeable, Competent and Reliable....
Jake Cenzo April 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Paul, you must drive a delorean with a flux capacitor since your car maintainence opinions are heavily outdated. All knowledgeable people know the new car guidelines as stated in the NY Times link above. This article is about as useful as used motor oil.
paul April 22, 2012 at 01:43 PM
LOL. I wish I did have a Delorean with a Flux capacitor. Your comment: "All knowledgeable people know the new car guidelines" They are guidelines as you say. On the market they now even sell used re-refined used motor oil mixed with new motor oil. Gee, what utter nonsense. I would never put that in any vehicle. So the rule of thumb of changing your oil more often is never a bad thing.... Maybe the environmentalists should not speak about how to maintain a car... Do not forget to wear your helmet and oil your bicycle chain, but please wait for it to rust first. If you do it sooner you are wasting oil.
pat April 28, 2012 at 01:18 AM
say the name of the shop that fills mobil 1 bottles with generic conventional oil . you will be doing all of us a favor. pat


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