Vehicles offer freedom and mobility – many people view their first car as a major milestone in their life. However, vehicles also represent significant responsibility, including the need to keep up with proper maintenance.
Besides keeping the gas tank full, oil services are the most basic service needs of your vehicle. Everyone knows that they need to keep up with oil changes, but many don’t know why. In this article, we’ll talk about what motor oil does, why it needs to be replaced, and how to pick the right stuff.
Why Does Your Car Have Motor Oil?
The most important function of motor oil is to act as a lubricant for the inner workings of a combustion engine. Motor oil flows throughout your engine to reduce friction between components, helping them last longer and run smoothly. In addition to providing lubrication, motor oil assists in keeping the engine temperature low, preventing build-up or deposits, and protecting the engine from damage.
While your engine is running, the oil picks up pollutants and by-products of combustion that would otherwise be left to gunk up your engine. That is why the cleaning properties of motor oil are so crucial. After a certain amount of usage, the oil will have absorbed all the gunk it can hold and will lose cleaning effectiveness. After your oil has reached its saturation point, you will begin to notice a reduction in the performance and efficiency of your engine.
Conventional vs Synthetic
Synthetic motor oil is the preferred choice among mechanics and owners for a variety of reasons. Synthetic oil is composed of a mixture of oils and additives that give it a longer working life and superior performance when compared to conventional oil.
Here are a few of the major advantages of synthetic oil over conventional oil:
- More stable viscosity under a wide range of temperatures. Therefore, synthetic oil will perform better under both hotter and colder conditions, and last longer too.
- Better cleaning power, so your engine remains gunk-free.
- In many cases, synthetic oil has twice the lifespan of conventional oil, meaning you can go twice as far between oil changes.
- Synthetic oil unlocks superior performance at your engine’s limits, whether due to performance driving or heavy towing.
Why Oil Services Are Important
Over time, motor oil deteriorates and requires replacement. Oil services are a non-optional part of vehicle maintenance and are such a standard part of a shop’s workload that most technicians could probably do them with their eyes closed. Although this article spent time touting the merits of synthetic oil, not every car and driver requires it. Your trusted service team will help you decide what type of oil is ideal for your car, your climate, and your driving style.
Come to Tunerworks for your next oil service, and we’ll make sure you are getting exactly what you need. Our secrets to success have been complete transparency and full communication with our clients, so you will never be left in the dark. Every Oil Service done at Tunerworks comes with a complimentary Service Inspection. We create a detailed report with pictures, videos, and easy-to-understand descriptions of any concerns or recommendations. A link to this report is emailed or texted directly to you so you can check it out at your convenience.