When it comes to the proper and correct maintenance of your vehicle, the oil change should be a main element to extend the life of your engine.
The oil is essential because it prevents the wear of your engine, in short, it helps it to be lubricated and thus extend the life and performance of the components of your engine.
The vehicle’s oil has a certain percentage of tolerance of impurities and maximum humidity to function correctly as a lubricant. The normal operation of the engine creates these impurities, which is why the oil must be changed every certain number of kilometers or every certain period of time (due to humidity accumulation).
It is recommended to change the oil every 5,000 kilometers if it is mineral, and every 10,000 kilometers if it is synthetic.
In addition to lubricating and minimizing friction, the oil fulfills other tasks:
- Facilitate cold starting: With the engine well lubricated, a car starts easily in any weather conditions.
- Cooling engine parts: Oil is the main coolant for engine parts.
Keep the engine clean: The lubricant carries carbon particles, soot and other combustion residues into the crankcase, which are removed at each oil change.
- Prevent corrosion and sediment formation: The oil deposits a chemical film that insulates engine parts from water, protecting the engine from fungus caused by humidity.
- When the oil is not changed properly, it becomes increasingly dirty, so it will stop lubricating, causing the engine to wear out and fail. Therefore, it is important to be attentive to the “alerts” that indicate that it is time to change the oil: