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Why Do I Have To Change My Oil?

Why Do I Have To Change My Oil?


The reason oil changes are required is pretty simple: friction. An engine is a complex machine with a lot of moving parts. The internal parts of your engine are made of various types of metal, and when metal moves against metal, friction causes issues.

As a kid, do you remember rug burns? That's friction. Without oil to lubricate your engine, the bearings, and other moving parts would seize up almost immediately. So now we know what the oil does in an engine: it lubricates and helps keep things cool.


The oil itself breaks down with age and time. Also, even though oil helps lubricate your engine, there is still normal wear that occurs. That wear causes small metal fragments to be deposited into the oil. That is why there is also an oil filter on your engine to catch those fragments before they get into a bearing or other small oil passage.


So, since we know that oil breaks down and engines naturally wear over time, then we start to understand why changing your oil and filter is important. How often is the next question.


Every manufacturer recommends different oil change intervals, but here at Crabtree, we stick to a safe standard of 3,000 miles for conventional oil and 5,000 miles for synthetic oil and diesel. 


At Crabtree Automotive, we work on all makes and models, even Diesels. From Honda to Audi and everything in between! So give us a call or schedule an appointment today with the link below.  


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