Do I need to change my oil?
Changing your cars oil may seem like a tedious task but its a crucial one that will save you a headache down the road. Although it may sound not true but oil will actually help keep your engine cool. We all know that the oil is used for lubrication and that is mainly how it helps keep the engine cool. There are so many moving parts in the engine and many of those parts are moving against each other so this create friction between the parts that ultimately generate heat. An engine moves very fast therefore heat is accumulated very fast and it eventually breaks the oil down to a point where it is no longer effective or in this case, lubricated. This is why it’s important to make sure your engine oil is changed regularly.
Different types of oil
There are mainly 2 different types of oil that are offered at most mechanic shops and those are Regular oil and Synthetic oil. Both of these oils essentially do the exact same job but 1 out performs the other.
Regular Oil: This oil is just your everyday conventional lubricant that performs the basics for your engine. This oil will be the cheapest option at the service shops and it will save you a couple of dollars in the short run.
Synthetic Oil: Synthetic is a more expensive option but it will save you money in the long run. This oil will last you longer as it tends to hold up better lubrication therefore you will be changing your oil less than you would if you were putting in regular oil.
Of course picking the right oil also depends on your driving style. If you tend to do a lot of driving then you are better off picking the synthetic blend because you won’t want to be changing your oil every 3-4 months. If you are driving a higher performance vehicle, synthetic will also be a better choice because parts become very expensive in the higher performance vehicles therefore you don’t want them breaking down any sooner than they should.
If you have an everyday vehicle and do very minor driving then your vehicle will be fine with the regular oil but keep in mind that oil does still break down even when it is not being used. It will just take longer instead.