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The Importance of Oil Changes

The Importance of Oil Changes at Ashland Ford Chrysler

One of the simplest but most often overlooked tasks a car owner has is getting his oil changed. Many drivers go much too long without an oil change. This behavior leads to the underperformance of your vehicle, and sometimes, costly repairs. Getting your oil changed regularly is a quick and easy way to make sure your car operates efficiently and to prolong its life.

What does oil do?

Oil lubricates the engine. This might not seem like a huge task, but the lubrication keeps the engine cool. With many tiny parts rubbing together, friction and heat can wear your engine down quickly. Plenty of clean oil ensures that your engine is properly lubricated and reduces heat. Engine repairs are extremely costly. Simple oil changes help you avoid this expense.

When should my oil be changed?

The answer to this varies based on the kind of car you drive and the type of driving you do. The old rule of thumb that you might have heard is to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Now, vehicles can go much longer than that without an oil change. In fact, some vehicles can go up to 10,000 miles between changes. If you drive in dirty environments and extreme temperatures often, you’ll want to get your oil changed more often. The experts at Ashland Ford Chrysler can help you determine an oil change schedule that fits your needs.

What kind of oil should I use?

The answer to this also varies. Some automakers recommend synthetic oil. This can last much longer than conventional oil. Being sure to choose the correct oil will help your vehicle’s performance. Again, our service staff is ready to help you answer this question and offer an option that works with your vehicle and fits in your budget.

If you’re ready to schedule your oil change with Ashland Ford Chrysler, make an appointment online or call us today!