Your car's or truck’s engine oil plays an important role in keeping your vehicle running smoothly and offers the longest service life possible. Engine oil helps to reduce the wear between metal components and aids in the dispersion of heat, whilst simultaneously assisting in lubricating the engine's internal parts, e.g. its cylinders and pistons.
Often drivers will use a dipstick to check their engine oil level, however, if you are new to cars or simply just unsure of what you're doing, then the best practice is to seek a professional such as the crew at Wilks Tire. We can check whether or not your engine oil needs to be replaced.
Engine oil is a specifically engineered oil made from refined natural oil and additives. Many engine oils are either conventional (made with refined crude oil) or synthetic (constructed in a lab without the use of petroleum).
Simply- Engine oil’s main purpose is to lubricate internal combustion engines. It plays a massive role in a vehicle's longevity and performance.
It is best to follow the advice of your manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals as mentioned in your owner’s manual. Ensure that the oil in your vehicle meets or exceeds the standards required for your vehicle.
Your oil's lubrication becomes less effective over the course of many heat cycles and through normal use.
There are signs that your engine oil could be running low:
- The oil check light is illuminated.
- Your engine is producing weird noises/knocks.
- Smoke from the exhaust is sometimes non-visible, but has a smell.
- Internal burning oil scent.
- Your driveway has oil stains, from where you would normally park your car.
Over time, dirt, moisture and metal particles accumulate inside the engine simply over time through normal use of the vehicle. Changing engine oil regularly will help massively in preventing excessive buildups. Additionally, the manufacturer's performance specifications will become less effective over time if engine oil has long intervals between changes. Engine oil unfortunately does not stay pure forever, engine oil additives can break down and decompose, reducing their effectiveness.
The primary purpose of engine oil is to prevent metal-on-metal contact. These metal parts expand when the engine is working, this is something manufacturers consider when designing the tight tolerances between them. If in contact with each other, these metal components produce friction that will create excessive heat and more expansion. Reparation can be expensive if related to the consequences of metal-to-metal contact in your car's engine. That’s why your car’s engine needs oil.
The oil creates a thin film between the moving metal parts of the engine, preventing direct contact with each other. Engine oil is a crucial component for the survival of your engine, even on a short drive.
Oil Change with Wilks tire and auto services
Our experienced ASE-certified mechanics and technicians offer a range of auto services and repairs, including oil changes.
If you live in Albertville, or the surrounding areas, including Boaz, Douglas or Crossville, make your next oil change an easy one with Wilks Tire & Battery Service. Our ASE-certified technicians understand that each vehicle has its own specific oil change schedule.
You can find us at 428 N Broad St, Albertville, AL, or give us a call at (256) 878-0211 to arrange your next oil change. Sticking to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals is an important part of vehicle maintenance and upkeep that helps your car or truck to perform at its best.