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Published 04:16 AM, Fri March 6, 2015

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Top five reasons oil changes save vehiclesTotal car care experts offer the most important reasons to routinely change a vehicle’s oil Engines are made up of many moving parts, and those parts need to be properly lubricated to avoid damage. Oil in the engine provides this vital function. Over time, that oil breaks down and becomes contaminated with dust, dirt and debris from the engine as well as the environment. When that happens, oil can’t properly do its job.

A recent study by the Car Care Council of the Be Car Care Aware campaign stated that 22% of vehicles have low or dirty engine oil. Proactively changing a vehicles’ oil and filter will help the engine continue to work at its best and prevent costly repairs to drivers down the road. Compare the average cost of a years’ worth of oil changes ($120) to the cost of not proactively maintaining a vehicle’s engine ($4,000)* and the benefit to both wallets and vehicle well-being is clear. The total car care experts at Meineke are sharing the top reasons oil and filter changes are so important to a car’s well-being.

  1. Maintains engine lubrication. Imagine all the moving parts, pistons, valves, and other engine parts moving at high rates of speed under the hood of a car. These components create heat and will wear down the engine dramatically without proper oil lubrication. Make sure to refer to the owner’s manual to see what specific weight and grade of oil the vehicle requires and ensure it is kept at the recommended fill volume.
  2. Cools engine components. Moving parts that lack proper lubrication create friction, which in turn creates heat. Maintaining clean and sufficient amounts of oil is the perfect solution to prevent too much friction and over-heating of the engine.
  3. Removes engine wear particles and sludge. Dirt particles are deadly to engines. Over time, dirt can cause corrosion and decrease the life of an engine. Also as time goes on, oil breaks down and turns to "sludge." The name of the game is to keep the engine clean. Routine oil and filter changes help remove particles and sludge and keep engines at peak condition.
  4. Improves gas mileage. Poor engine lubrication can lead to increased fuel consumption, so make sure there is enough clean oil in the engine. The U.S. Department of Energy says that with routine changes and the right kind of oil, gas mileage can be improved over time by 1-2%. That doesn't sound like much of an improvement, but for the average car, it leads to savings of an entire gallon of gas for a year!
  5. Promotes vehicle longevity. Plain and simple, routine maintenance makes your vehicle last longer. Buildup from dirty oil robs a vehicle’s fuel economy and power, and makes internal components work harder. An engine that works too hard will end up having more problems down the road as well as a shorter life span. According to Kelley Blue Book, car valuation increases at resale time if regular maintenance has been upheld.

Performing oil changes personally can be a hassle, but it is a necessary task that must be done. Searching for oil change coupons in your area can help save money and guarantee that your oil is changed by a experienced, professional technician. Come see how affordable and convenient routine maintenance and repairs at your local Meineke Car Care Center can be! *According to 

  • Cindie Webb

    Meineke left oil cap off after oil change. I discovered it two days later. Oil cap is missing, dipstick shows zero oil, oil is splattered all over everything under hood and on hood. Oil is on driveway. Everything is just drenched in oil. I am so mad and now have contacted manager who responded very positively. He had tow truck pick up my car and has now called to advise me they cleaned everything up and car is ready to pick up. I have no idea of what damage this might have done, and really want more done to assure me that if damage was done, that they will take financial responsibility and make it right several months down the road.

    • Samuel Campbell

      You better keep an eye on it… Listen for any hard knocks or any rattling that doesn’t sound right which could be your bearings in the engine wearing quickly from lack of oil.

      • Cindie Webb

        Thank you for advice!