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Regular maintenance is an important part of keeping your vehicle running in top condition on the Peoria roads. One piece of regular maintenance is getting your oil changed. You want to get your oil changed regularly so it doesn’t deteriorate and become less effective at keeping your engine cool, clean, and lubricated.
But life can be hectic, and you might be wondering: what happens if you don’t change your oil regularly? As oil wears down, it causes friction to build up in your engine, which in turn can lead to the engine heating up past a safe temperature. At the very least, this causes unnecessary wear and tear on the engine, but it can also lead to the engine overheating and damaging your vehicle. Therefore, you’ll want to stay on top of oil changes as part of your vehicle’s regularly-scheduled maintenance. The service team at Avondale Nissan has more information in the guide below.
In short, motor oil acts as a lubricant for your engine, keeping the engine clean and running smoothly. It has the following important roles:
There’s no one answer to the question of how often you should change your vehicle’s oil, since conventional wisdom has changed over the years and everyone’s driving habits are different. Today, it’s generally agreed upon by experts that you can go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes, while earlier wisdom recommended an oil change after as little as 3,000 miles. Your owner’s manual should give you a more specific number; you can also chat with a service technician who has a good idea of your driving habits around Phoenix.
In Avondale and the Peoria area, it’s even more important to stay current with oil changes, and to consider switching to synthetic oil. Why? Heat creates more potential for oxidation, and conventional oil offers less oxidative stability than synthetic oil. An oil that’s 100% synthetic and is more refined than conventional oil will provide added protection against high temperatures, as well as improve engine power, longevity, and cleanliness. Synthetic oil just makes sense in high-temp climates.
If you want to DIY an oil change, you’ll first need to determine the type of oil that your vehicle requires. You can find this out in your owner’s manual. Once you have the right kind of oil, just follow these steps:
If you don’t want to DIY an oil change and would rather have it taken care of by a service technician, we at Avondale Nissan are happy to help. Just schedule a service appointment on our website and you’ll be all set. You can also contact our office with any questions, or come to our dealership near Surprise to talk to a service expert in person.
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