The most common maintenance item on your vehicle, whether it is a car, truck, SUV, van or other, is changing the engine oil and oil filter. This involves draining out the old oil from under your car by removing the drain plug in the oil pan, putting the plug back in, taking off the old filter and replacing it with a new one and then refilling the vehicle’s oil reservoir. Doing this at the suggested interval is the easiest step you can take to getting the most life out of your vehicle’s engine.
Phil Long Hyundai of Motor City in Colorado Springs has factory trained technicians, state of the art equipment and both oil and filters to change the oil on all vehicle makes and models.
The lifetime of your vehicle’s oil is dependent on the type of oil put in your vehicle, how you drive, the age of the vehicle, the environment in which you drive and what type of driving you do. Your safest bet is to follow your vehicle’s owner manual, it will tell you the manufacturers suggest oil change interval. This typically ranges from every 3,000 miles even up to every 10,000 miles.
Oil changes are necessary because the lubricating properties of the oil do not last forever. As you drive and the oil cycles through the engine at extremely high temperatures, the oil undergoes thermal breakdown and loses its ability to lubricate your engine properly. When this happens, components inside of your engine rub together and get worn out, and as you may have guessed, these components are not cheap to buy and not cheap to replace. The engine oil is also able to absorb water, dust and combustion byproducts, to a certain point. Like a soaked sponge, once the oil has too much of these products within it, it stops being able to hold more and the debris is loose inside of your engine.
If you happen to go without changing your oil, your engine will not last as long as it should nor could. As stated above, the components will wear out and the engine will become unusable. An oil change is a cheap insurance policy to keep your engine running at its best.
We do numerous oil changes every day, and while they are a relatively easy task to do, you do not want to skimp and go for the cheapest oil change possible. It is all too common that a simple oil change gone-wrong can cripple your vehicle and leave you in need of a brand new engine in total. Our technicians have the training and know-how, plus the assistance of software with information of all vehicle makes and models, to ensure that the job is done correctly and your vehicle has the proper filter, oil type and amount of oil.