Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Why Is Changing Your Oil Important?

Oil buildup on an engine
The best piece of advice we can give on making your vehicle last longer is to keep up on the maintenance. We tell people that all the time, but WHY is it important?

Let's compare your engine to a bath tubYou fill your tub full of water, and take a bath. Instead of draining the tub and getting new water each time, you only add new water if needed over top of the old water. If you keep repeating this process, what happens to your bath tub? It gets a filthy, dirty ring and buildup on it, right?

It is the same thing with your engine and changing your oil. If you are only filling it up when it's low, and never completely draining and cleaning it routinely, your engine will get a sludgy buildup like the one in the video below.

Now let's talk about the type of water you put into your bath tub. If you are filling it with water that is not clean to begin with, or not appropriate for your bath tub material type, what happens to your tub? Even if drained routinely, it will still get that sludgy buildup. It's the same with your engine oil. If you are using a low quality brand of engine oil, or the wrong kind of engine oil for your specific vehicle type, it can still cause that buildup of sludge. That's why it's important to know what you are getting, and make sure you are using the right type of engine oil. If you are ever in doubt, consult your owners' manual, or ask us any time. A popular brand of engine oil used by cheaper lube shops is known to cause this sludgy buildup.

If you ever have questions on your maintenance, the type of oil for your vehicle, or anything else, you can always contact us:


  1. I agree with this blog. Not changing oil frequently is a big no and a sure way to damage car engine. Replacing oil involves using high quality oil that protects machine parts from wearing and corrosion.