10 Top Reasons Oil Changes Are Important

We all hear that our vehicles need to get an oil change frequently, but what is an oil change exactly and what benefits does it hold for your car? An oil change is one of the most important services your vehicle needs because it helps the most integral part of your vehicle, the engine, function properly. We at Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall recommend getting an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles — with our Digital Vehicle Inspections, we can send you reminders via text or email to inform you when it’s time for your car to get an oil change. You can give us a call at 469-698-8585 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.

What does an oil change do for your car?

Our expert technicians at Horizon Auto Center have performed hundreds of oil changes on all kinds of car makes, including Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. We will make sure your oil change service is efficient and high-quality. First, we will check the levels and condition of the oil that is currently in your car. Your vehicle’s oil can get dirty overtime if it is not changed regularly. Next, we will remove the oil pan to allow the old oil to drain out so we can replace it with fresh oil later. 

After the oil drains out, we will replace the oil filter if needed. The oil filter removes impurities from the oil before it goes into the engine. If the filter gets too coated in oil, it can no longer do its job, so it is important to make sure the filter is functional. After replacing the filter, we will put the oil pan back and will refill your vehicle’s engine with oil. There are various types and brands of oil available, and we can discuss which type of oil is right for your vehicle.

Why is an oil change important?

Getting an oil change is important, but what is most important is changing your vehicle’s oil frequently. Generally speaking, regular maintenance for your vehicle is the key for it to drive like new for as long as possible. Changing your engine’s oil on a regular basis is important for many reasons. Here’s our top ten:

  • Getting your oil changed regularly keeps your engine clean.

Sludge can build up in your engine and its parts if your oil is not changed. Over time, the oil in your vehicle accumulates dirt and other particles and this can dirty your engine if your oil and the oil filter are not replaced regularly.

  • Routine oil changes can increase the longevity of your engine.

The oil in your vehicle lubricates engine parts and prevents them from getting damaged. Because oil gets dirty over time, it is important to change your oil regularly to keep your engine running smoothly. Frequent oil changes are an investment to ensure your vehicle will perform efficiently for a long time.

  • Oil changes protect all engine parts.

Your vehicle’s oil protects more than just the engine. The engine system of your vehicle consists of the crank shaft, the camshaft and other parts. If even one of these parts get damaged or worn out, the entire engine system will shut down. To prevent this, it’s important to get your oil changed on a regular basis.

  • Regular oil changes can increase your gas mileage.

The more you drive, the more dirt and debris enter your vehicle’s oil, and thereby your engine. This can compromise your vehicle’s milage; as debris builds up, it causes friction amongst your engine parts. Friction is the enemy of engine performance and fuel efficiency. If your vehicle consistently has clean oil, you will get more miles per gallon, which also saves you money.

  • Your vehicle is more likely to pass an emissions test if its oil is regularly changed.

A vehicle emissions test measures how many particles (called hydrocarbons) are being put into the atmosphere because of your vehicle. If you do not get your oil changed regularly, the dirty oil contains these hydrocarbons that get burned by your engine and are released into the air. You may not pass your vehicle emissions test if your oil is not changed regularly.

  • Changing your oil on a regular basis is better for the environment.

In addition to having less hydrocarbons released in the air, you will also get more miles per gallon from your vehicle if you get your oil changed frequently. Both of these things make your vehicle better for the environment.

  • Routine oil changes mean your engine will maintain its horsepower.

Not only does clean oil in your vehicle help lubricate engine parts, it also absorbs the heat produced from these engine parts as you drive. However, if the oil hasn’t been changed in a long time, it becomes more thick and absorbs less heat and your engine will run less efficiently. These problems can be avoided with regular oil changes.

  • The resale value of your car can increase if you change your oil regularly.

If you skip oil changes, it compromises the quality of your engine and its parts. When the time comes to sell your car, there could be major problems to your engine that will require extensive repairs. This could cost you thousands of dollars, which will diminish the resale value of your vehicle. 

  • Not getting regular oil changes could void your vehicle’s warranty.

When you purchase a vehicle, it usually comes with a warranty that lasts for several years. However, some warranties have a fine print that they will only continue to be active if you keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance, including getting regular oil changes. 

  • Changing your oil regularly can identify any bigger issues your vehicle may have.

We at Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall believe in taking care of small problems with your vehicle before they get bigger. If you bring your car in for regular oil changes, we’ll have a chance to do a thorough inspection of your vehicle and can nip any problems in the bud before they become more serious. 

Call us for all your oil change and auto repair needs!

If you are in Rockwall or surrounding areas, do not hesitate to give Horizon Auto Center a call at 469-698-8585 or make an appointment online. We’ve been fixing cars since 2001 and put our customers’ satisfaction above all else. We also offer a 2-3 year warranty on most repairs. We look forward to seeing you!