Are Oil Changes Really That Important?

posted 05 October, 2023 by John Hession
Education, Car Care

As fall sets in and local oil change shops begin their tongue-in-cheek pumpkin spice oil replacement services, we are reminded that we should probably take some time and check on the health of our vehicles. But are oil changes really all that important compared to other maintenance items?

In this blog, we dive deep into the world of oil changes and uncover why they are crucial for your car's performance and longevity. We'll start by understanding the role of oil in your car's engine and the implications of neglecting regular oil changes. Then, we'll explore how regular oil changes can improve engine efficiency, prolong the lifespan of car components, and even enhance resale value. You'll also learn how often you should change your oil and the signs that indicate it's time for a change. Finally, we'll discuss whether regular oil changes can improve fuel efficiency and the benefits of mobile oil changes versus going to a shop. Get ready to become an expert on all things oil-related!

Understanding the Role of Oil in Your Car

Regular oil changes are crucial for lubricating engine parts, reducing friction, and maintaining engine health. Dirty or old oil can impact performance and efficiency, while low oil pressure or dark, dirty oil are signs it's time for a change. Neglecting oil changes can lead to engine damage and decreased fuel economy. Choosing the right type and viscosity of oil is important for optimal vehicle performance, see your owner’s manual for more information about the proper oil for your vehicle.

Besides lubricating moving parts, Oil also plays a role in reducing friction and preventing wear. It also carries heat away from the combustion chamber, cooling the engine. Removing contaminated oil and replacing it with fresh oil protects the engine and avoids damage, reduced efficiency, and costly repairs.

The Implications of Neglecting Regular Oil Changes

Staying up to date with oil services is a surefire way to maintain engine performance and increase longevity. Over time, oil breaks down and loses its effectiveness, leading to increased friction and wear. Neglecting regular changes can result in decreased fuel efficiency, reduced power, and potential engine damage. Following the manufacturer's recommended oil change schedule is essential for optimal performance. Last year, we wrote a blog on cost-effective ways to maintain reliability without emptying your wallet. While an oil change is one essential way to do that, there are a plethora of other ways to ensure your ride lasts as long as possible.

Spiffy van in the background as car is prepped for an oil change service

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

A question that most consumers have is how often they should change their oil. The recommended interval for oil changes is typically every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every three to six months on conventional oil. At Spiffy our services use full synthetic oil which has a much longer lifespan as it does not break down easily. In vehicles with synthetic oil, you can expect a change interval of 7,500 to 10,000 miles. However, this may vary depending on your vehicle, the type of oil used, and any potential performance modifications. Check your owner's manual for specific recommendations. Regular oil changes help maintain engine performance and extend its lifespan.

Signs That Your Car Needs an Oil Change

We have established that regular oil changes are necessary for a multitude of reasons, but how can you tell if it is time to book a service? Pay attention to signs like dark and dirty oil, low oil level, noise level, and decreased fuel efficiency. Follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule for optimal engine protection. Due to a variety of outside factors such as vehicle age and mileage, these signs may appear before or after the recommended schedule and neglecting to act on these signs could lead to catastrophic engine failure.

Can Regular Oil Changes Improve Fuel Efficiency?

Regular oil changes play a crucial role in maintaining optimal engine performance, indirectly enhancing fuel efficiency. By lubricating its components and preventing clogs, fresh oil reduces friction and allows for smoother movement, ultimately improving fuel flow. While not a standalone solution, regular oil changes are vital for overall vehicle maintenance.

Spiffy oil van is in the background of a customer's Oil change service at home

The Benefits of Mobile Oil Changes vs Going to a Shop

Convenience and time-saving are the main benefits of mobile oil changes. Here at Spiffy, our goal is convenience — instead of having to travel to your nearest dealership or oil shop, we come to you, whether you work from home or commute to an office, we will care for your car while you work! Instead of potentially waiting over an hour for your vehicle to have its oil changed, our mobile services allow you to get your best work done while we take expert care of your car. No longer is there a need to take time off work or out of your busy home life to complete this necessary task that will keep your car in tip-top shape.

Regular oil changes are essential for maintaining the performance and longevity of your car. Neglecting this simple maintenance task can have serious consequences, including potential damage to the engine and a shorter lifespan for your vehicle. By staying on top of this maintenance item, you can improve efficiency, increase fuel efficiency, and even enhance the resale value of your car.

Don't wait until it's too late – make sure to prioritize regular changes to keep your car running smoothly. If you're due for an oil change or want to learn more about the benefits of mobile oil changes, contact us to schedule a convenient, mobile oil change today!

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Written by John Hession

John is Spiffy's Integrated Marketing Coordinator. Outside of the office he enjoys splitting time between the beaches and mountains of NC and is involved with the local RDU car scene.
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