At one point or another, a lot of people will ask themselves, “Why do I need new engine oil in my car once every three months?” The truth is the oil plays a vital role in the proper functionality of your vehicle. The exact rate you have to put new oil in will vary depending on the make and model of your car, but here are the basics of engine oil. 

What Type of Oil Do You Need?

Crude oil was first used in the late 19th century. These days, there are numerous different types of oil that can go in your vehicle. 

  • Synthetic: Oil that has been chemically engineered to limit impurities and resist breakdown at extreme temperatures. 
  • Conventional: This oil is often recommended for older engines that are not designed for intense performance while driving. 
  • Semi-Synthetic: This is a blend of synthetic and conventional oils that offers enhanced performance. 
  • High-Mileage: This oil should be used for engines with over 75,000 miles on them because it contains additives to reduce issues common in high-mileage vehicles. 

What Happens If You Skip an Oil Change?

You may not necessarily have to change your engine oil once every three months or 3,000 miles depending on what car you drive. However, you still need to do it fairly often. Without clean oil, your car’s engine will experience many issues. It will run less efficiently because various components become overheated. Your engine requires lubrication, and with no clean oil, the whole engine may shut down and require replacement. 

What Happens If You Use the Wrong Type of Oil?

You will find oils that come from different brands with different viscosity levels. The brand does not matter, but the viscosity does. You need to make sure the oil you use can withstand the temperatures in your area along with the amount you will be hauling on top of your car. You will find what viscosity level your vehicle needs in the owner’s manual. If you use the wrong type of oil for too long, then your engine will gradually break down because it is not getting properly lubricated. 

Where Can You Get Efficient Oil Changes?

Drivers in Englewood, Colorado have no excuse to skip an oil change when Thompson Automotive is in town to help. Contact us through our online form to schedule a time to bring your car in. We provide an array of automotive services to ensure your car continues to function optimally.