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Why changing your oil on time is so important.

Why is changing engine oil so at the proper interval so important? Making sure that you are changing your oil on a regular basis is the most important routine vehicle maintenance there is.  

Properly scheduled oil changes are crucial in keeping your car running properly.  An oil change service is a great opportunity to have other areas of the vehicle checked out as well.  At Dakota Diesel Repair, your oil change is a quick and simple service, that also includes a complimentary multi-point inspection.  As part of this complimentary service, we will also inspect your belts, hoses, air filter, tire pressure, fluid levels, and much more. Our staff is here to give you advice that you can trust. So whether you have a brand new vehicle that you just picked up or you are driving a vehicle that is a trusted friend, regular oil changes are something you cannot ignore.


1. Regular Oil Changes Keep Your Engine Clean


When oil flows into the engine from other areas, dirt and other particles will begin to accumulate within it. If you are not changing your oil at the proper intervals, sludge will begin to build up in your engine. Those who may live in drier, dustier areas, like Battle Mountain, will have even more particles making there way through. Changing your engine oil as well as replacing your filters on a timely basis, will get any of these harmful bits of dirt and debris out of your engine before they do any damage.


2. Longer Engine Life is More Likely with Routine Oil Changes


Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It lubricates and protects your engine and many of it’s critical parts from wear and damage. The problem is, oil gets dirty. By making sure that you have your oil and filter changed according to your owner’s manual specifications, you will be keeping your engine clean and protected, as well as saving time, money and stress. A regularly scheduled oil change is an investment that will help ensure that you will be driving around in your vehicle for years to come.


3. Changing Your Oil Protects Other Engine Parts


What does oil actually do in my car? Inside your engine there are a many key parts which make your engine run such as the crank shaft and the connecting rods. These rods control the pistons inside of your engine’s cylinders. There is also another piece called the camshaft which assists in opening and closing the vehicle’s exhaust valves. Making sure that you have clean oil in your vehicle’s engine is crucial in keeping of of these components well moving and running properly.


4. Get Better Gas Mileage by Changing Your Oil On Time


If I Change my oil on time I will get better gas mileage? How does that work? Finding a vehicle that is good on gas is important to all of us. Overall miles per gallon are affected by a number of factors including environment, terrain, personal driving habits and vehicle maintenance. Without proper maintenance, all that dirt and grit we talked about earlier will build up inside your engine causing friction, and friction is no friend of your engine. Friction is the enemy of engine performance and optimum fuel economy. Making sure that your engine always has clean oil in it will help to reduce friction, allowing your engine to run more efficiently with the best possible gas mileage.


5. Routine Oil Changes Help with Better Engine Performance

Over time, old oil breaks down due to exposure to heat. This causes it to lose its viscosity as well as its ability to lubricate the engine cylinder walls. Essentially, the dirtier the oil is, the harder it is to go where it needs to. That sludge begins to build up in areas blocking the flow to parts which need lubrication. Another function of oil is to draw heat from other parts of the engine. If they are covered with sludge, these parts stay hotter longer. Ultimately the engine will run less efficiently as its performance is robbed of both gas mileage and horsepower.

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