Most people are aware that they need to regularly get the oil changed in their automobiles. According to Nerd Wallet, the average vehicle should have its oil changed approximately every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, while you know you need to regularly change the oil, you may not know the reason why. Here are three reasons why regular oil changes are so important.
Help to Improve Your Engine’s Performance
One of the reasons why it’s so important to regularly have the oil changed in your vehicle is because the oil helps to improve your engine’s performance. But, if the oil is old, dirty, or starting to clump, it can have the opposite effect. It can negatively affect the engine or even cause problems that may lead to your engine needing repairs or replacement sooner.
Help With Fuel Efficiency
Another reason why you need to regularly change the oil in your automobile is that regular oil changes help with fuel efficiency. If you are approaching the timeframe in which your oil needs to be changed, or are past that timeframe, you may be getting fewer miles per gallon. And with the rising cost of gas, you likely want to do everything you can to help with fuel efficiency. Immediately following an oil change, your fuel efficiency will improve.
Help Your Car to Last
The final reason why routinely changing the oil in your automobile is important is because a regular oil change helps your vehicle last. The average car lasts 10 years in the United States, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. By completing routine maintenance, including regularly swapping out the oil, you can help your car last 10 years or longer. You may also be able to maximize the amount you can sell the car for, if you so decide, by keeping up with routine maintenance.
Every car is different, and the frequency at which the oil needs to be changed can vary. Read your owner’s manual to find out how frequently the manufacturer recommends that you have the oil changed in your vehicle. If your vehicle is due for an oil change, we can help. Call us at Melton Automotive to schedule an appointment or bring your vehicle by and let us get to work replacing the oil.