Regular oil changes can improve your fuel efficiency and extend the life of your vehicle. Over time, oil breaks down and needs to be replaced. There are many factors that contribute to the breakdown of the oil in your engine such as heat, the oil itself, additives, and contamination.
The most important factor to consider when trying deciding how often to change your oil is how often you drive your car and in what conditions. Here are some factors that affect how often you need to change your oil:
-The length of your most frequent trips, especially when driving in cold weather.
-Driving in heavy-traffic cities.
-Driving in dusty, dirty conditions, on gravel or bumpy roads.
-Driving at high speeds for long periods of time in hotter weather.
-Using the vehicle frequently for towing trailers.
-If your engine is diesel or turbocharged.
-The quality of engine oil you're using.
Heat is the biggest contributing factor that will cause your oil to break down. In addition to the breakdown of the oil itself, there are also additives that are put in engine oil. These begin to break down and lose their effectiveness over time. There is also the issue of contamination. Small bits of dust, dirt and debris get into your engine and make their way into the oil. All these little bits of "stuff" make the oil much less slippery and much less effective at cushioning the moving parts of the engine.
To keep your car running smoothly and efficiently, get your oil changed regularly. Bring in your vehicle to Simcoe County Chrysler for all your oil changes in Orillia, Ontario.