You’re driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic during the peak of morning rush hour. You only have fifteen minutes to drop the kids off at school on time and, moving at a snail’s pace, you know you’re going to be late… again. Not only that but you have a doctor’s appointment in half an hour, a meeting following, and will have to swing by the grocery store to pick up some things for dinner this evening. The sun shines brightly through the windshield, temporarily blinding you. As you reach up for the sun visor to shield your eyes, you notice the sticker from your last oil change. You’re 5,000 miles and several months over the recommended servicing. Considering the day’s hectic schedule you think, I’ll do it tomorrow, but deep down you know you won’t. Tomorrow’s busy too, and the day after that, and after that. Meh, you’ll get to it eventually.
We’ve all been there. Whether you’re trying to save money, your schedule is booked, or you’re just too tired, getting the oil changed isn’t that important, right? What’s the worst that can happen? The short answer is, a lot. Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and avoiding the local auto shop for an oil change is akin to avoiding going to the pharmacy to refill a needed prescription. You’ll be okay without your medication, yeah? At G & M Auto Care, we worry about your car’s (as well as your) well-being, so we’re here to give you a few reasons why regular oil changes are important and what can go wrong if you decide to push it off for too long.
Keeps the Engine Lubricated
It takes a lot of moving components to keep your engine going. Consisting of pistons, plugs, valves, flux capacitors (just kidding), and the like, you don’t want these crucial parts to be running dry. With so much movement, the engine’s components create heat through friction, and without proper oil lubrication, this will quickly cause your engine to wear down and after enough time completely seize. It goes without saying (but we’re going to anyway), that a $30 oil change is a bit cheaper than thousands of dollars for engine repair or replacement.
Prevents Dirt and Debris Build Up
Oil is a superhero for your car. It protects the innocent, hard working engine by absorbing the mischievous evil villains, dirt, and debris. However, the oil can only absorb so much and over time begins to transform into sludge… this is not good. This causes corrosion and will significantly decrease the lifespan of your engine. In order to increase longevity you need to keep the engine clean, and this can only happen through routine oil and filter changes. Both of which we provide at G & M Auto Care.
Enhances Your Gas Mileage
If your reasoning for avoiding an oil change is money, you’re going about it the wrong way. Not only can it prevent costly engine repair, but save you on trips to the gas pump. As stated above, oil helps lubricate your engine and with dirty, sludge-like oil, the components have to work two-fold to get the job done. This requires more fuel, and more fuel requires more money. The U.S. Department of Energy states that through routine oil changes, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 2 percent. Although this doesn’t seem like much at first, over time you will be saving bundles.
Increases Your Vehicle’s Lifespan
To reiterate, clean oil helps the engine run. What makes your vehicle run? That’s right, the engine! So in order to keep your car in good running condition you need regular oil changes! If you’re like us, you revel in the option to get in your car and go where you want or need to be. You might get away with putting off a trip to the auto care shop for a bit, maybe you feel like a rebel everytime the check engine light flashes on, but one of these days, you’ll be a rebel without a car.
It’s time to make a change, and that change is your oil. Your car is begging for it! We at G & M Auto Care promise to get you in and out as fast as possible with no hassle and great prices. Contact us today to set up an appointment and show your car that you truly do care!