Why Is Getting an Oil Change Important?

February 14th, 2019 by

Regularly scheduled maintenance can help to increase the lifespan of your car. From oil changes to alignment checks and everything in between, regular maintenance is essential.

But, why is getting an oil change so important? How does getting an oil changed impact your car’s performance? Keep reading to learn more.

Why do I need an oil change?

Motor oil is an essential component in your vehicle. It is what keeps the parts within your engine lubricated. Over time, this oil breaks down and needs to be replaced. It is important that your oil is replaced at regularly scheduled intervals in order to ensure your engine continues to run smoothly.

How often do I need an oil change?

Subaru recommends that you have your oil changed every 6 months or 6,000 miles. In the past, it used to be necessary to get an oil change every 3 months or so. Older model vehicles may still require more frequent oil changes, so make sure to ask your technician when you should schedule your next oil change.

How do I know when I need an oil change?

Always check your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule and try your best to follow it closely.

Some key signs your car is trying to tell you it’s time for an oil change:

  • Your car is making abnormal (sometimes “clicking”) sounds
  • The low engine level light appears
  • Your car is running excessively hot

Keeping up on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule is best for your car, so try not to let it get to the point where your car starts “telling” you it’s time for an oil change.

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