Have you ever wondered whether regularly changing your vehicle's oil is worth it or necessary? The simple answer is yes. In fact, not taking your vehicle to the recommended oil change intervals can result in irreparable damage to the engine — damage that could be easily avoided by taking maintenance visits seriously.

Read on to learn more about oil changes and why you should never skip a session — even if you're not a first-time car owner.

What Does an Oil Change Involve?

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An oil change is a term we use to refer to the process of replacing your engine oil and oil filter, so your vehicle continues to run smoothly. It is an essential part of car maintenance that, if avoided, can cause engine trouble and eventually cost you your car.

Oil lubricates the engine and helps it take in heat. In other words, it protects the internal parts of your vehicle and prevents them from overheating. Over time, oil becomes contaminated by dirt and external particles, eventually breaking down. If your car runs on damaged and degraded oil, the engine won't be adequately protected, putting you at immediate risk.

To avoid that, all you have to do is take your vehicle in for an oil change, depending on the manufacturer's suggested service interval. Don't worry about not having enough time; an oil change session should only last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Now that you know the importance of an oil change and what is involved, it's time to explain the benefits of changing your oil.

A Cleaner Engine

Oil circulates through your vehicle's engine to keep it running smoothly. As it does so, it picks up various debris, particles, sludge, and other contaminants. The longer the oil stays in the engine, the dirtier it gets. It's even possible to find sludgy deposits of considerable sizes in several parts of the engine if left unattended.

Even worse is when your vehicle is frequently exposed to drier, dustier regions. Since the air contains more particles and dust, when that air filters into the oil it becomes contaminated much faster. The best way to prolong the engine's lifespan and prevent accidents is to take your vehicle in for regular oil changes.

Longer Engine Lifespan

As we stated before, the oil in your vehicle is responsible for protecting the engine from wear and tear by lubricating every part of it. This keeps it running smoothly. In short, the engine's longevity is intrinsically linked to the oil that runs within it. If the oil in your car is dirty and contaminated, the engine's lifespan will decline. Because the manufacturer's powertrain warranty won't cover any incident associated with neglect, you'll have to pay for any repair or replacement should the engine fail.

Going to the recommended oil change appointments helps you save money in the long run and extends the lifespan of your vehicle's engine. Note that the recommended intervals are suggested based on the make and model you purchase.

Better Gas Mileage

The cleaner the oil in your vehicle's engine, the better its fuel economy. The amount of fuel your vehicle uses to travel from one place to another is affected by various factors. Some are driving styles, terrain, and consistent maintenance (including oil changes).

When the engine is well-lubricated, the vehicle uses less fuel and can cover more ground with less effort. However, if the engine is poorly lubricated, it starts working against the force of friction and creates a negative impact on the vehicle's performance and fuel economy.

By regularly changing your car's oil, you can get the most out of the gasoline you put in the tank, and it also helps the engine to run smoothly.

Protect the Environment and Pass the Emission Test

If you're trying to reduce your carbon footprint — like most of us — you may already be aware that cars are a major reason for pollution. One of the best ways to do your part in reducing pollution is to make your vehicle as environmentally friendly as possible.

You can start doing so by passing an emission test, which evaluates the number of hydrocarbons your vehicle discharges into the environment. When a vehicle's oil isn't changed regularly, a buildup of hydrocarbons occurs inside the engine's crankcase. Once it's burned up, it releases into the air. Regular oil change visits will help you pass the test and, more importantly, do more to protect the environment.

Better Engine Performance

As time passes, the oil in your vehicle's engine breaks down because of the constant exposure to heat. This causes the oil to lose its viscosity and its ability to lubricate the engine's parts. Basically, the more dirt the oil catches, the more difficult it becomes to do its job. All that sludge starts to build up, blocking the oil's flow and covering the engine's parts with grime.

As you may recall, the oil's task is to also draw heat from different parts of the engine. If these parts are covered by sludge, they stay hotter for longer, making the engine run less efficiently.

An Opportunity to Check the Overall Health of Your Car

Oil change visits are a perfect time to check your vehicle's overall performance and thus prevent any unwanted incidents. Just ask the mechanic to look at the overall health of your vehicle's engine. This shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes if everything is functioning correctly. This way, you're following the recommended best practices for car owners and avoiding any expensive repairs or damage to your vehicle.

We hope you've learned how important it is to schedule regular oil changes to keep your vehicle functioning properly. Not only that, but they can help to save you money in the long run. If you're near the Nicholasville, Kentucky, area and would like to book an oil change visit with us, please contact us, so we can suggest the best maintenance schedule for you according to the make and model of your vehicle.

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