We all tend to take oil changes for granted. Whether you do it yourself or bring your vehicle to a shop for a professional oil change, it's just something that has to be done. We do it when the little mileage sticker on our window tells us to or when our car's computer gives us a service light.
Why Do We Do Oil Changes?
It's a fairly simple and inexpensive service, so we don't think too much about why we do it. The truth is, it's probably THE MOST important thing you can do to keep your car running right. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It provides vital cooling and lubricating properties between very fast-moving metal parts.
What Happens if I Ignore Oil Changes?
If your engine doesn't have enough oil running through it or the oil itself is old and crusty, bad things are going to happen. Engine parts can get easily damaged and your engine may seize up completely, leaving you stranded without a car that runs. Ignoring those inexpensive oil changes can lead to extremely expensive engine repairs!
In the automotive repair industry, we call this "preventative maintenance." There are numerous preventative maintenance procedures we perform, such as tire rotations, brake services, wheel alignments and more. However, none are more important to the health and performance of your vehicle than oil changes. You want to keep your oil fresh and fully stocked at proper levels. You want to replace your oil filter periodically to minimize contaminants that can compromise the oil's integrity.
Don't Put Off Your Next Oil Change
Next time that little service light comes on or you see that the mileage on your vehicle is nearing (or past) the recommended maintenance mileage on that sticker the auto shop put on your windshield, you will want to get your oil changed as soon as possible. Do the oil change yourself, take it to the quick lube place down the street or let a professional automotive shop like Simard Automotive in Fairbanks handle all your preventative maintenance needs. We'll keep your maintenance schedule on track, and you may want to inquire about our Million Mile Warranty and Arctic Maintenance Schedule programs for top-notch automotive care.
For your oil change and preventative vehicle maintenance needs, call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave.) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd.). You can also book your service appointment online.