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Why Changing Your Car’s Oil is So Important

Changing your oil can stay on your to do list for a much longer time than it should. Changing your oil is crucial and should be one of your top priorities.

One thing that always seems to be on everybody’s to do list is changing the oil in their cars.

It is just one of those things that is a daunting and time consuming hassle. Though we all know that it’s something we should get around to doing more times than we’d like to admit, that dashboard light stays on for an extended period of time.

It is very important not to put it off for long. Changing your oil on a regular basis is arguably to keep your car at peak performance and maximize the life of your car, maximize horsepower and make sure all cylinders are firing.

Although this is all well and good, the real reasons you should change your oil is the significant damage that not changing your oil can inflict on your car. The oil lubricates all moving parts and not changing your oil can have serious consequences on your engine.

By not having oil, or only having oil that is no longer good due to dirt build-up, you run the risk of having moving parts jam, not work properly or fail alltogether.

There are two ways to go about having your oil changed. You can do it yourself
or you can have a professional mechanic do it. Because of today’s rules and restrictions regarding the disposal of oil, I would recommend having a professional mechanic change your oil.

Don’t negate the importance of changing your oil. Especially now that the summer is right around the corner, you want your car running to its full potential.

Right now you can take advantage of a great deal from a reputable ASE certified Long Islandauto mechanic that includes: an oil change, a tire rotation, and a safety inspection for only $12!! For more information, click here.

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paul April 22, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I am surprised at some of the above comments: First - “For modern cars, every 3,000 miles is too often. It’s wasting time, money and petroleum" That sounds like the environmentalists talking, and not understanding what changing the oil means. They probably do not even have cars.... Second - General Motors vehicles have an oil-monitor light that alerts owners when it is time to change the oil. Really! GM Oil Life Monitor System does not sense oil condition. FACT!!! It tells the average person nothing about the oil. There are NO oil change indicator system monitors that physically check the condition of the oil. Cheap no name oil vs. a name brand is more than just a higher price. It would be the same as purchasing name brand gasoline vs. a no name. The oil will lubricate like oils should but will not have all the additives, detergents etc that are needed for prolonged engine life. That goes the same for gasoline. Less additives like detergents are needed to keep your car running leaner, cleaner and meaner. So oil is not oil and gas is not gas. Bottom line - an oil change is the most important least expensive preventative maintenance item you should do every 3000 miles or 3 months which ever occurs first. You be the judge....
paul April 22, 2012 at 02:35 AM
To Jimmy Palakis: Thank you for letting me know about your strict 3 tier checklist: Cleanliness, Quality, and Reputation. What about Knowledgeable, Competent and Reliable....
Jake Cenzo April 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Paul, you must drive a delorean with a flux capacitor since your car maintainence opinions are heavily outdated. All knowledgeable people know the new car guidelines as stated in the NY Times link above. This article is about as useful as used motor oil.
paul April 22, 2012 at 01:43 PM
LOL. I wish I did have a Delorean with a Flux capacitor. Your comment: "All knowledgeable people know the new car guidelines" They are guidelines as you say. On the market they now even sell used re-refined used motor oil mixed with new motor oil. Gee, what utter nonsense. I would never put that in any vehicle. So the rule of thumb of changing your oil more often is never a bad thing.... Maybe the environmentalists should not speak about how to maintain a car... Do not forget to wear your helmet and oil your bicycle chain, but please wait for it to rust first. If you do it sooner you are wasting oil.
pat April 28, 2012 at 01:18 AM
say the name of the shop that fills mobil 1 bottles with generic conventional oil . you will be doing all of us a favor. pat

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