Are You Up for an Oil Change?

Motor oil

Part of keeping your vehicle in great running condition is ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, including oil changes. Changing the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important maintenance items you do for your vehicle.

Engine Sludge

Engine oil gets dirty – very dirty. Eventually, the oil will get so thick that it won’t drain back into the oil pan, nor will it get into the heads where it is needed. Over time, the oil also breaks down to create more sludge. When it gets this bad you could cause engine failure because the pertinent parts won’t get the oil needed to keep metal from rubbing metal. And, on top of that, it can start building up in the heads, which causes the engine to work harder and use more gas.

Operating Temperatures and Friction

Oil contains ingredients that reduce friction. The more friction in an engine, the hotter the operating temperatures and the more wear you’ll put on the internal engine components. It also makes the engine run warmer, thus taxing the cooling system.

And, when the engine runs hotter, that means the sensors are going to try to adjust the fuel mixture to lean the mixture out to cool the engine. In some circumstances, this could damage the engine. Changing the oil at the recommended times keeps the friction and crud in the engine at a minimum; and you’ll have a smoother-running vehicle that will serve you for many miles.

When You Should Change the Oil

Consult your owner’s manual to see when you should change the oil as it varies depending on the vehicle you are driving and on your driving habits. If you often drive in the mountains, sit in traffic for long periods of time or frequently tow heavy loads, you may have to change your oil sooner rather than later. If your commute is easy on the vehicle, you might be able to go up to 7,000 miles between oil changes, depending on your vehicle and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Visit Classic Chevy

Call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to make an appointment to have your oil changed and for any other maintenance the manufacturer recommends.

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