Engine oil is your car’s lifeblood, and it’s vital to change it regularly. For all the times that your check engine light has blinked on or a more experienced car owner has told you that oil changes matter, you might still be wondering—why do they matter so much?
Why are oil changes important?
The engine oil in your car has one main purpose: lubrication. Since your engine is basically all moving parts made out of metal, if these parts just groaned and scraped past each other, your engine would wear out in no time. Oil lubricates all of these movements to preserve the metal in your engine and keep things (quite literally) running smoothly. When you drive, your engine heats up and subsequently the oil burns up. This happens particularly quickly when you do lots of stop-and-start driving, such as you would in the city or in a morning traffic jam on your way to work.
How often does a current car need an oil change?
If you’ve been told about the importance of oil changes, it’s likely that someone has told you that cars need them every 3,000 miles or so. While this may have been true with older models, cars today can go longer between oil changes—closer to 7,000 miles between changes. The best way to check to see how often your car needs an oil change is to check your owner’s manual and see what it recommends for your car. If you do a lot of your driving in the city, you’ll need to go in more frequently than your manual might suggest. If you want a more specific number, come talk to one of the mechanics in the service center at J. Bertolet Volkswagen. If you’ve gone too long between changes and need to look at our inventory, we’re happy to help!