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Why Are Regular Oil Changes So Important?
Getting regular oil changes is easy and can extend the life of your car. Engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your car. It helps keep your engine running smoothly and lubricates engine components. As you drive, oil breaks down and is exposed to contaminants, reducing its lubricating properties. Many people may be unaware when they should get their oil changed. If your driving conditions match any shown below, then your frequency of oil changes should be increased:
- Repeated short distance trips. Like to the store or school and back.
- Driving in dusty conditions. Winds often move dust more than we realize.
- Driving in areas where salt or other corrosive materials are being used.
- Extensive use of brakes. Been in rush hour traffic lately?
- Driving on rough or muddy roads.
- Driving in mountainous areas.
- Extended periods of idling or low speed operation. Again, rush hour?
- Driving in a prolonged period of extreme humidity or cold temperatures.
- More than 50% driving in heavy city traffic in above 90 degree weather.
- Better engine performance
- Better gas mileage
- Less harmful emissions
- Extended engine life