The Importance of Oil Changes

There are many good reasons why oil changes are the most common form of automotive maintenance performed. Though there are many different fluids throughout your car performing different lubricating or hydraulic functions, motor oil truly is the lifeblood of any vehicle. It helps keep the engine running smoothly with proper lubrication between fast-moving metal parts. Without engine oil doing its job, bad things can and will happen.

Preventative Maintenance

An oil change is the epitome of what we call "preventative maintenance" in the auto repair industry. It is called preventative because it is a service performed to help prevent major engine breakdowns. If you don't get your oil and oil filter changed regularly, then the oil ultimately loses viscosity because it gets dirty, burned up and filled with debris. Or, the oil levels just get low and not enough will be pumped through the engine system.

Potential Engine Damage

When the oil is no good or there is not enough of it, then engine components aren't properly lubricated. You start to get metal grinding against metal at high speeds. This causes extreme heat and friction, and it can also send metal shavings into other parts of the engine or transmission. Basically, a lack of good oil will lead to major internal engine damage that will be extremely expensive to repair. The engine could seize up altogether and you don't want to know what it will cost to completely replace the engine.

Just think about the time and money it costs you to go get your oil changed a few times a year. It's not that bad when you compare it to how much it will cost to replace your engine or have major internal engine repairs performed because you ignored your oil changes.

Oil Changes and Maintenance Programs at Simard Automotive

When you bring your car into Simard Automotive for an oil change, we change the oil and the oil filter. We check the recommended oil weight and make sure everything is just right. We also check other fluids and perform a multi-point inspection of the vehicle. If any potential problems are noticed, we'll let you know. All this is done quickly and efficiently, so you can get on with your day knowing that your car is running well.

Be sure and ask about Simard Automotive's Million Mile Warranty and Arctic Maintenance Schedule programs, which are preventative maintenance plans designed to keep your vehicle running great for many miles to come. The Alaska climate takes a special toll on cars and trucks, so our maintenance systems are designed especially for our unique environment.

To schedule your next oil change or maintenance service, or to learn more about our maintenance programs, call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd.). Or, book your appointment online.


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