How Does an Oil Change Work?

December 13th, 2018 by

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How does an oil change work? West Caldwell drivers curious about the need to regularly replace oil in their vehicles can learn the purpose of oil changes with the service department at Paul Miller Toyota of West Caldwell!

Importance of Oil Changes

First and foremost, it’s important to know why you need to change your oil on a regular basis. In fact, it’s one of the most essential maintenance services you can do for your vehicle. That’s because engine oil lubricates the engine, absorbs heat, and primes moving engine parts to work properly. The oil’s lubrication abilities lessen over time due to heat, and it becomes less effective in absorbing water, dust, and more. When this happens, these particle begin to adhere to the engine, which may result in serious engine issues that may be costly to repair.

Purpose of an Oil Change

An oil change, then, keeps the lubrication and cleaning processes going smoothly before any major issues can occur. When oil is clean as opposed to contaminated, it works better to protect the engine and prevent damage.

Oil Change Schedules

The length of time you should go between oil changes varies depending on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as the type of oil your engine requires. Synthetic oil allows certain cars to go anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 miles between oil changes, as compared with the well-known three-month intervals of days past. However, make sure to consult your owner’s manual to know for sure how often to change your oil. Usually, the recommended oil change schedule is determined by the following factors:

  • Rotations of the engine
  • Heat capacity of the engine
  • Recommended fuel’s capabilities

Schedule Service with Paul Miller Toyota of West Caldwell

Now that you understand how an oil change works, connect with Paul Miller Toyota of West Caldwell to schedule your next oil change. Handy Parsippany-Troy Hills drivers who prefer to take care of service on their own can learn more from us about changing your own oil, and even how to measure tire tread depth!

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