Don’t Just Lose Weight This Year…Lose the Sludge In Your Engine

January 4th, 2016


It’s the first of the year…people start looking in the mirror and seeing a bit of a belly, and they make resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise, Auto Repair in College Station TXwatch less TV, etc. etc. It’s just sort of a given that nobody ever sticks with those silly resolutions, but there’s one thing that you can definitely be more conscientious about this year, and it won’t even require you to break a sweat.

Change your oil!

Motor oil cuts friction and helps disperse heat between moving parts in your vehicle’s engine. Those moving parts are assembled to extremely tight tolerances; without the film of lubrication that motor oil provides, those moving parts would very quickly overheat to a point where they weld themselves together and seize the engine.

The engine produces a lot of carbon as it runs, though, along with acids and microscopic metal shavings that shear off of bearings, pistons and rings.  Motor oil is formulated with detergents and other additives that suspend those contaminants so they can be trapped in the paper element of the oil filter. Once the oil filter becomes saturated, though, those particles circulate through the engine and start to build up on bearings, valve components and other moving parts as sludgy deposits. The fine grit in the oil will break down the oil’s lubricating properties, causing premature wear and slowly ruining the engine.

For years, the “3,000 mile rule” was pushed by manufacturers and oil companies. Today’s newer motor oil formulations can easily go 5,000 miles or more between oil changes, though. Full-synthetic motor oil does a better job of protecting and reducing wear on moving parts, compared to conventional motor oil. Synthetic oil is also more stable and tends to not thin out at high temperatures or become viscous in the cold, unlike conventional oil. While synthetic motor oil is considerably more expensive per quart, the upside is that most cars can go 10-15,000 miles between oil changes with synthetic. Its superior performance is why all manufacturers now recommend conventional oil for their engines.

Remember to check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommended intervals for oil changes.

Whether you decide that it’s time to stop smoking, lose weight, be less cranky or save more money, keeping your New Year’s Resolutions can be tough. At BCS Tires & Lifts in College Station, TX, we can help you keep one resolution, though. Remember that the more you take care of your car, the more it’ll take care of you. Make an appointment with us and schedule your next oil change today! 

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