If there was only ONE thing you could do to maintain your vehicle, it would be to change your oil at every factory recommended mileage interval.
By doing so, you are maximizing the life of your vehicle. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Maintains Engine Lubrication: Under your hood, there is many moving parts, pistons, valve and other engine parts moving at high rates of speed. These components create heat and will wear down the engine dramatically without proper oil lubrication. Referring to your owner’s manual will tell you the specific weight and grade of oil the vehicle requires and ensure it is kept at the recommended fill volume.
2. Cools Engine Components: Moving parts create friction without proper lubrication, and therefore creates heat. You can prevent too much friction and over heating of the engine by maintaining the proper amount of oil
3. Removes Engine Wear Particles and Sludge: Over time, dirt particles can get into the engine, over time, these particles cause corrosion and decrease engine life. Also, as time goes on, oil breaks down and becomes “sludge”. These two elements are deadly to the life of your engine. The key is to keep your engine clean with changing your oil at the factory recommended mileage interval.
4. Improves Gas Mileage: Poor engine lubrication increase fuel consumption, another reason to make sure there is enough clean oil in your engine. According to the U.S. Department of energy, by doing the routine oil changes, over time you can improve gas mileage by 1-2%. Although it may sound minimal, that could equate to almost an entire gallon of gas a year!
5. Promotes Vehicle Longevity: Altogether, routine maintenance prolongs the life of your vehicle. Buildup of sludge and particles robs your vehicle of it’s fuel economy and power, and makes engine components work harder. An engine that is overworked, will eventually have additional problems down the road as well as a shorter life span. According to Kelly Blue Book, you can maximize your car resale value if regular maintenance is upheld.