Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to do any maintenance on your car? Unfortunately, the complex moving parts in your car do require regular attention. One of the most frequent maintenance requirements is an oil change. While you might be tempted to delay your oil changes, it will cause bigger problems down the road if you do.
Oil is essentially the blood of your vehicle’s engine. Its purpose is to keep everything running smoothly and prevent the buildup of dirt and other particles by carrying it out of the engine. Over time, the oil will begin to break down due to the collected dirt and high temperatures under the hood, which is called thermal breakdown. When this happens, the oil can thicken and turn into sludge.
The sludge blocks the flow of oil in the engine, and essential parts like the crankshafts, camshafts, and valves will begin to wear down because the oil usually keeps the moving parts from rubbing against each other. Without the necessary lubrication, your engine can suffer major damage and ultimately need a partial rebuild or total replacement.
If you skipped an oil change, you can go to any mechanic and have your engine tested to see if there’s any impending damages or repairs needed.
Changing your oil periodically is an inexpensive way to maintain your car for the long run. If you need an oil change or would like to diagnose your engine, contact us at James Ceranti Nissan and we’ll be glad to take care of you.