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Changing the Oil and Filter
A regular oil and filter change is key to your engine’s health and longevity
If you want to keep your car as healthy as possible and keep it running for many years to come, it is crucial that you perform - or you have a professional perform - an oil and filter change when needed. Of all aspects of vehicle maintenance , oil changes are one of, if not the most critical. And out of all of the fluids that your car requires, oil is by far the most important. Your car needs to have a proper amount of clean oil at all times in order to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. The best way to ensure proper engine functionality is to heed the recommendations listed in your car’s maintenance handbook and regularly schedule your oil changes based on your car’s specific needs.
Oil changes are so critical to the health of your vehicle because they protect the part of your car that keeps you moving—the engine. Oil keeps the engine lubricated, cool and clean. W ithout regular oil changes you run the risk of engine corrosion that can result in complete engine failure. Over time, the oil in your car breaks down as a result of use and heat exposure, making it far less capable of proper lubrication. When the engine isn’t lubricated , the metal components begin to grind against one another , and this increased friction and heat results in rapid wearing of the metal underneath the hood. By making regular auto oil changes a priority, you are helping to ensure that your car remains in good condition for as long as it was designed to run.
How an engine oil change improves your car’s functioning
Many of us are guilty of having driven our cars a couple thousand miles past the recommended oil change interval. A nd even though ignoring it might not seem like a big deal at the time , the reality is that not getting an oil change when it is due is a recipe for disaster, and sooner or later the consequences will become apparent. Even if you don’t notice any signs that your engine is having trouble, having an inadequate amount of oil, or having oil that is contaminated with dirt, metal particles and other debris is deeply destructive to the functionality of the engine. In fact, the reason why it is necessary to get a professional auto oil change service rather than simply pouring a bottle of new oil in your car yourself is that, over time, the accumulated debris can lead to internal corrosion of your engine. T he only way to prevent engine corrosion from happening is to get rid of the old oil and filter. Oil serves as a lubricant to the moving parts of your engine and helps to prevent destructive friction and heat that can cause irreparable damage. Nobody wants to be faced with t he expense of replacing an engine , and the most effective way to prevent this, and other costly repairs, from occurring is to pay attention to your oil change schedule.
Neglecting an oil and filter change can ruin your engine
When it comes to auto maintenance, preventative care is the most critical factor in keeping your car healthy and running at top performance. And the single most important part of preventative auto care is getting a regular oil and filter change. Your engine is what allows you to keep driving, so taking proper care of it is essential. The lifeblood of your engine is oil, and without it your car will experience costly problems and, subsequently, an untimely demise. Of all car preventative maintenance services, oil changes are the most invaluable, as they can save you the most money in the long run. It is the most inexpensive way to boost the overall health of your car and prevent unnecessary repairs. G iven that an oil change costs so little and only requires about 30 minutes of your time after every few thousand miles of driving (check your owners manual or call VIP), there is no logical reason for it to ever be neglected.
Get your next oil change at VIP
If you are the do-it-yourself type, VIP has everything you need. If you want someone trained to change your oil and filter expertly, VIP is happy to help. VIP offers a full range of oil change services that are tailored to your personal needs and preferences – and no matter which package you choose, you will receive a complimentary 52-point Multi-Point Vehicle Safety Inspection performed by one of our ASE Certified technicians. Our experts will alert you to any potential issues, and give you a heads up about which parts will need replacement in the near future. We want you to be able to plan ahead and stay on top of your auto maintenance. We are open seven days a week for your convenience, and you don’t need to schedule an appointment to get an oil change—just walk in, choose the package that suits your needs, and then sit back and relax in our waiting room while we do the work for you! Call or visit VIP today!
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