CHANGING THE OIL IN YOUR CHEVY, HYUNDAI, GENESIS, MITSUBISHI OR FORD VEHICLE NEAR CHICAGO AND NORTHWEST INDIANA
Changing engine oil at set intervals is one of the most important aspects of preventative maintenance, and responsibility that no Chevrolet, Hyundai, Genesis, Mitsubishi or Ford owner can afford to overlook. Engine oil serves to lubricate moving parts which might otherwise suffer harm due to heat, friction and excess wear. Periodic oil changes are essential for ensuring that older motor oil that may have lost some of its viscosity or that contains contaminants or impurities is less likely to result in excessive wear or an increased risk of a breakdown or other mechanical failure.
SYNTHETIC VS CONVENTIONAL MOTOR OIL
Conventional motor oil, sometimes referred to as "organic" oil, is typically more affordable and more commonly used in older-model vehicles and engines and lacks the superior level of performance and longevity of a synthetic oil. Synthetic oils are widely used among never vehicles and their superior protection may be ideal for high-performance engines. While switching from a conventional oil to a synthetic may seem like a smart move, engines that are not designed to accommodate a synthetic oil as well as seals and gaskets that have been conditioned by long-term use of an organic may experience numerous problems should the wrong oil be added to the engine. Vehicle owners who are unsure about what type of oil their car or truck needs would do well to seek out professional service options and assistance.
The number system used to classify motor oils is a common source of confusion among many drivers. Motor oils will be marked with two numbers, the first of which indicates the oils "weight." Higher weight motor oils are thicker and more viscous, and may be able to provide engines with superior protection in certain circumstances. The second number is also used to denote how viscous an oil is when exposed to high temperatures, a concern which may become especially important during warmer seasonal weather or instances where engines may generate high levels of waste heat.
KNOWING WHEN TO CHANGE MOTOR OIL
While the standard rule of thumb is to change motor oil every three months or 3,000 miles, recommended maintenance schedules may differ from one model to the next. Leaks within the system, vehicles that experience overheating that could reduce the effectiveness of lubricants and the presence of impurities within the system may all require owners to arrange for an oil change much earlier than their maintenance schedule would suggest. Missing an oil change or failing to assess oil levels and quality from time to time can lead to costly service charges and repair-related expenses than may be far greater than many motorists might expect.
BENEFITS OF VISITING A DEALERSHIP FOR YOUR NEXT OIL CHANGE
Not every shop or mechanic may have the tools, know-how and experience needed to ensure vehicles are properly serviced and even something as routine as an oil change may create significant problems when performed improperly. Chevrolet, Hyundai, Genesis, Mitsubishi and Ford owners who choose to have their oil changed at the dealership may enjoy a number of benefits that often includes a free service inspection that can ensure smaller problems are able to be identified and addressed before they have the chance to grow into larger more costly issues.