The best way to keep your vehicle at peak performance and in tip-top shape is to have routine maintenance performed on it. Such maintenance includes things like tune-ups, tire rotations, and oil changes. You may be tempted to ask, however, why oil changes are so important, and why they are worth spending the time and money on. Although they’re not terribly expensive, they can be bothersome to schedule or complete, but are definitely necessary for the upkeep of your vehicle.
So, why are oil changes important?
Oil keeps the various parts of your engine well-lubricated and clean so they can seamlessly work together. Over time, oil breaks down from the contaminants that become embedded in it in the process of cleaning your engine, becoming a sort of sludge. When this happens, it can corrode your engine’s parts and damage them.
Keeping your engine well-lubricated with oil provides for smoother engine functioning and thus greater fuel efficiency. With old oil or an inadequate amount of oil, your engine has to work harder and consumes more fuel. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, regular oil changes can improve your gas mileage by 1-2%.
Wondering how to check your oil level? All you have to do is pull out/unscrew the dipstick, wipe it off, and then reinsert it. Pull the dipstick out again and evaluate where the oil is on the tip to gauge whether your oil level is adequate or low. If it’s low, or if the oil looks dirty or sludgy, head to the Apple Tree Honda Service Center to get it changed.