We all know engine oil is vital to keep our vehicles running. But, why? Why is oil so important and why does it need to be changed so often? The following is a breakdown of why oil is so important and what it does for your vehicle.
Oil keeps your vehicle cool, clean, and lubricated. When you start your vehicle, oil splashes around your engine and provides lubrication for all the moving parts in your engine. Additives in the oil help cool down your engine and reduce friction between all the moving parts. This is why it is so important to check your oil and keep it filled. When your oil level gets low, your engine lacks full oil coverage. Your engine becomes stressed, lowers the life of your engine, and can run into several severe problems.
Engine oil also prevents engine wear by cleaning away dirt and contaminants. This is why your oil gets dirty. When oil becomes old and dirty, the oil becomes less effective at lubricating and cooling your engine. Dirty oil also causes increased friction that can deteriorate your engine’s moving parts. This is why it is important to change your oil regularly, according to your owner’s manual.