No car lasts forever, but you can significantly extend the life of your vehicle simply by taking care of it. This is what’s known as routine, preventative maintenance. By investing a little bit in the upkeep of your vehicle, you can prevent the need for bigger and more costly repair projects. There are different aspects of routine maintenance that are necessary, including tire rotations, wheel alignments and more. The most fundamental part of routine maintenance is the oil change. Regularly changing your oil and oil filter at Meineke #1479 O Fallon is key for keeping your car working as it is meant to.
To understand what makes an oil change so necessary, it is important to first think about what the oil in your car does. It provides a couple of key functions. The first is to serve, quite literally, as car lube, keeping the pieces of your engine from grinding against one another and causing damage due to friction. Additionally, oil transfers heat away from your engine and prevents it from overheating. In sum, the oil in your car ensures that the wear and tear your engine sustains is minimal. Looking for an oil change shop near the area? Visit on for an oil change and oil filter maintenance.
A common question about oil changes is the question of how often they need to be performed. The short answer is that it just depends. In the past, complete oil and filter changes were needed quite regularly. Today, technology has advanced enough that oil changes are needed much less frequently. With that said, the specific interval at which you should have your oil changed can vary depending on the type of vehicle you drive. Consulting the owner’s manual is a good place to begin, though as a rule of thumb, an interval of 7,500 miles or so is probably ideal. You can contact us at Meineke #1479 in O Fallon IL for a more precise number.
When you don’t get your oil filter changed regularly, there can be a number of negative consequences. For starters, the engine will overheat. This means it will not be functioning at its peak level. Additionally, when your engine overheats, it can cause the components to become warped or corroded. Friction can also cause the same effect. The bottom line is that without a regular oil and oil filter change, your engine will simply stop working and will need to be replaced. This is obviously a major expense, but it can be avoided by simply sticking to a regular, routine oil change schedule at your local Meineke in O Fallon IL.
Not only is it a smart investment, but it can also be a highly affordable one. You can visit our oil change coupons page to see some potential ways to save money the next time you bring your vehicle to Meineke #1479 in O Fallon for an oil change!
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