Why Oil Changes and Tire Rotations are Easier Than Dental Work…
However, you’re also right in another way.
The same way that cleaning your teeth can save your teeth and help you keep them around longer, the same can be said about your vehicle. Oil changes are necessary if you plan on keeping what’s probably your second largest investment of your life for as long as possible.
We’ve all grown up and watched “The Wizard of Oz.” You’ve seen The Tin Man.
Therefore you’ve got a good idea of how your car works, and what oil does for it. Only where the Tin Man had a few knees and elbows to lube up, your car has TONS of working parts. Metal on metal must be lubed all the time to work properly or it will burn your engine up.
The Car Already Has Oil In It, Why Do You Need to Change It
Whether you drive a Honda or Toyota the oil you put in is essentially the same. Motor oil is not just pure crude petroleum oil. In order to efficiently and effectively lubricate, cool down, and even clean the metal parts of your car…there are many additives in the oil.
Would make sense right? There are detergents that help to prevent deposits and keep parts clean and moving. There’s also a whole other slew of things such as rust and corrosion inhibitors, anti-oxidants, anti-wear agents (protect the metal parts of your engine), and much more. All that really matters for you to know is that these additives do a ton to protect your engine.
However, these additives only work as long as they’re present in the engine oil. As time goes on and your Acura, Lexus or whatever vehicle you’re operating is running… these additives will break down, and that’s when the problems begin.
When the oil breaks down it gets dirty and gritty, and the lubricating effect is no longer in effect. This begins to actually do damage.
So the best way to do this is to change your oil and your oil filter (which helps keep all the debris from going back into your engine).
How Often Should You Change Your Oil
Every car and manufacturer is different. If you open that manual that they gave you when you bought your automobile (but likely just chucked into the glove compartment never to be seen again)…then you can get an exact recommendation.
However if you change your oil every 3000 to 5000 miles, then you’re pretty much in the safety zone and can save yourself a ton of wear and tear to your engine.
How About Those Tire Rotations? Why Do I Need That
When someone’s driving their Scion around town, and the wheels are spinning, shouldn’t the tires wear down equally since all four are on the ground turning at the same pace all the time?
It actually makes a lot of sense once you realize why…
Basically, your front tires are getting the brunt of the major abuse of your vehicle. Just think of the turning alone. When you turn your steering wheel, your front tires are essentially rubbing on the ground. Friction and rubber only means one thing… wear and tear.
Secondly…let’s think about what sits directly on top of those front tires. What are they holding? The engine of the car. The weight of the front of the car is dramatically heavier than the rear of the car. Constantly.
Therefore moving front tires to the back and vice versa suddenly seems like a good idea doesn’t it? It’s a simple concept and ritual, but it can do so much.
So now you’re nodding your head in agreement that rotating your tires is good, right?
The great news is that it can be done at the same exact intervals as the oil changes. This will give your tires more life (saving you money) and will also help your gas mileage (saving you money) and will lessen the chances of a blowout (saving you money and possibly your life)…
Where to Go for Both an Oil Change and Tire Rotation…
Of course if anybody knows how important oil changes and tire rotations are to your vehicle, it’s Jason Rupert at All About Imports in Denton, Texas.
Jason’s a master mechanic. He’s seen thousands of cars come through the doors of his shop. He’s seen the extensive damage that failing to change the oil can do to an automobile first hand.
He also knows how quick, easy, and inexpensive it is to come in and get this service done. It’s not as bad as sitting in the dentist for a cleaning, but it will have the same exact result.
If it’s time for an oil change and/or you’ve put off a tire rotation, then call All About Imports today at (940) 566-2125, or come in and let Jason and his talented team take care of it for you, and send you on your way safely.
All About Imports is the place to go if you’re in or near Denton, Texas. You can count on Jason and his team as they provide factory level service, scheduled maintenance, and repairs on Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Scion or any import in between. Jason will give you his most fair price and his best service possible. Give Jason a call today at (940) 566-2125 or simply bring your car in and let Jason take a look.