We all know that a vehicle needs to have its oil changed every so often. However, not everybody knows why. Just what does oil do that's so important, and why does it needs to be changed? We're here to break it down for you.

Your vehicle's engine is composed of many different moving parts. As your engine runs, all these pieces rub together, creating friction and heat. This would normally damage the parts, and eventually ruin the engine; however, that's where the oil comes in. Oil lubricates the moving parts, reducing the friction, and it carries away the heat. Nothing lasts forever though, and eventually the heat starts to break down the oil. After a while, the oil ceases to perform its job as effectively. It can even start to form a sludge, clogging up parts of your engine. It's best to change your oil before that has a chance to happen.

When you change your oil, you can get regular or synthetic oil. Regular oil came from the ground, went to a refinery, and now goes in your car. Synthetic oil is a blend of chemicals and additives designed in a lab to do the best possible job. Synthetic oil gives a better performance than regular oil, but it is also more expensive.

A general rule is to change your oil every 5,000 miles, or every six months (whichever comes first). If it's time to change your oil, you can do it yourself, or you can bring it in to our service center, and we'll take care of it for you. Just make sure your oil gets changed; your car will thank you.

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