Synthetic Lubricants 101 – Why Does Your Car Need Lube?

You are not a handy person, so you don’t really care what goes on in the engine of your car. One question you have been asking yourself, however, is why your mechanic insists that you must come in for an oil change and maintenance as scheduled. Oil is an important component of all vehicles, and here are 5 reasons you must make sure that your car is well oiled at all times:

  1. Your car’s engine is made up of many moving parts. When metal moves against metal it creates friction and this reduces the efficiency of all moving parts. Oil reduces this friction and allows your engine to function efficiently.
  2. Have you ever heard of an engine knock? This happens when your engine runs low on oil; the engine parts rub against each other and this creates heat in the engine which causes it to cease. If you don’t go in for oil changes as scheduled your engine will eventually stop running.
  3. When fresh oil goes into your engine it is a nice golden color but after a few hundred miles, during an oil change you will notice that it has turned thick and black. This happens because of `of engine killing particles – continuous movement of engine parts leads to sloughing off of particles which are trapped in the oil. This reduces the efficiency of the oil so that even when levels are optima it no longer lubricates the engine. The only way to make sure that your engine keeps working optimally is to remove the used oil and replace it with new.
  4. Changing your engine oil as recommended is a great way to save money. Some people ignore oil changes in order to avoid spending, but what they forget is that the longer you go without changing the oil the more damage your engine suffers. Eventually, in order to make it run properly you may have to replace lots of parts which will cost you a lot of money.
  5. Do you want to get good resale value for your vehicle when the time comes? If yes, it is a good idea to change the oil frequently. Keeping your engine well oiled is one way to make sure that it runs well for many years to come and fetches you a good return.

Now that you know why you should be diligent about changing engine oil, you may be wondering who you should get to do it for you. The mechanic that you choose is important – they should be experienced about different kinds of engine. They should be experts not just on engine lubricants, but they should also be familiar with other parts of the engine in order to do a complete check and overhaul.

Find out the kind of lubricant that the mechanics intends to use and then look at your car manual to see what the manufacturer recommends. Check the lubricant can to see whether the specifications match.

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