Updated: Mar 10, 2020
Oil changes are a massively underappreciated part of keeping a car running and everyone who uses your car safe. Though changing your oil might not seem to have the same significance as the tyres or brakes, it is one of the cheapest ways to save you money in the long run.
In short, the answer to the question, “Should I change my oil?”, is a simple yes.
Oil performs a number of important jobs in a motor, from lubricating, to cooling and even cleaning. Oil is basically the magic fluid that keeps everything inside your motor happy.
Over time though, oil can pick up bits of grime and junk, beginning to deteriorate. This is part to the high temperature and heavy work the oil has to perform in the motor and it’s quite obvious when you begin to look for it, often causing the oil to turn a darker brown or black and smell burnt.
For this reason, a lot of people will notice that their cars run quieter or smoother after getting a service, even getting better fuel economy. This is mostly due to the fresh oil.
Why is it important to change though?
As the oil gets older and more worn out (deteriorates), it stops doing its job as effectively, much like someone the week before retirement.
If the oil doesn’t lubricate or cool the engine as well, the metal parts of the motor can wear severely, even to the point of breaking entirely. This often means either a really expensive fix or even a new car and can leave you stranded without a car.
An oil change is a really cheap way to make sure that your car keeps running and can make a big difference in how long your car lasts and how it runs every day.