Do you know the last time the oil in your car was changed? Many drivers don’t realize how impactful this often overlooked service is to keeping your car running its best. Because saving money is a concern of many Washington DC, Crofton and Annapolis drivers, Nissan of Bowie encourages all of its customers to learn about the importance of oil and filter changes in relation to car health.

Engine Introductions Keeping your car on a consistent oil and filter maintenance schedule can save you a great deal of time, frustration and money. Read on to learn more about where oil changes play a role as well as how often your car needs this essential service.

Reader, meet your engine. Your engine is composed of many moving parts that all work together to convert fuel into the energy that powers your car into motion. Between cylinders and their pistons, carburetors, valves, axles and more, a car’s engine is successful because of its individual pieces that form a reliant system that is always in motion, so that when you’re not applying pressure to the brakes, you’re in motion too.

Motor Oil’s Importance

Motor oil is a maintenance liquid that keeps your engine in top working condition. It acts as a lubricant so that your engine’s constantly moving parts slide easily by one another instead of scraping together and damaging one another. Oil is also vital because it works to cool your engine down in its high-temperature environment.

When to Schedule an Oil Change

As oil travels through your car’s engine, extreme temperatures break it down over time, causing oil to lose its powers as a beneficial ally to your engine. The period of time it takes for new oil to age depends on several different factors, which has made estimating how often to change your car’s oil a little hazy. Depending on your driving style, the climate where you live and your car engine’s age and condition, this period typically ranges between every 3,000 miles to 10,000 miles.

If you only drive highway roads or frequently find yourself in heavily congested traffic you may need more frequent oil changes. Similarly if you live in a temperate climate where it’s warm enough for shorts and t-shirts year-round or have an older car engine, your oil checks and changes should occur closer to the 3,000 mileage marker.

Oil Changes in Action

Your car care technician will drain the old oil out of your car and replace it with new motor oil and a new filter. To take the guessing out of scheduling your next oil change, service specialists typically provide a reminder sticker with a recommended date or future mileage number in which you should have your next oil change based on your car and driving habits.

Without regular oil changes your car is at risk of being vroom and doom instead of a pleasant vroom, vroom! The benefits that routine oil changes provide truly outweigh the consequences and risks of running your car on old or no oil.

For more information on oil change services in the Washington DC, Annapolis and Crofton areas, visit your local Nissan of Bowie to speak to one of our friendly, certified technicians and schedule your oil change today!