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Changing Your Oil

To keep your car in top working order, it is important to change your oil on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to follow recommended maintenance guidelines. These drivers have constant problems with their vehicles, decrease the lifespan of their cars significantly, and spend a large amount of money on otherwise unnecessary repair costs. In fact, a lack of car maintenance is a factor in greater than 5 percent of vehicle accidents each year. A regular oil change prevents these problems and decreases the risk of car accidents due to parts malfunction and failure. During an oil change, the old oil is drained from the car, the oil filter is replaced, and new oil is added. An oil change protects your car by:

  • Removing contaminants. Over time, the oil in your car gathers impurities, which form a thick sludge that sticks to engine parts. This decreases gas mileage and lowers engine efficiency.
  • Reducing engine friction. Changing your oil helps maximize lubrication in the engine and prevents it from overheating.

Those with a basic understanding of cars and vehicle maintenance often change their own oil, although most people take their cars to a mechanic for the procedure. If you decide to change your own oil, make sure you know the proper procedure and take your used oil to a proper oil recycling or disposal center.

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