Why are Oil Changes Important?

Engine oil being poured into a vehicle

Oil changes are one of the most common reasons drivers stop in to our dealership for service, and for good reason. Stopping in for regular oil changes is an important element of proper automotive care, and failing to regularly do so can have major consequences on your vehicle’s engine and wellbeing. Wondering why oil changes are so important? Below, the team here at Southbank Dodge has highlighted everything drivers need to know. 

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What Does Engine Oil Do? 

Engine oil serves several important functions inside your vehicle. This fluid helps lubricate the powertrain’s moving components, reducing friction and mechanical degradation as a result. The oil also serves as a protective barrier, catching stray dirt, debris, and other contaminants, preventing the engine from getting damaged. Unfortunately, over time, the ability for your engine oil to perform both these tasks degrades, and it will need to be replaced with fresh oil. 

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How Often are Oil Changes Needed? 

While the recommended frequency of oil changes will vary depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model, there are some rules of thumb that automotive experts suggest when it comes to oil change intervals. Many technicians recommend drivers change out their oil every 8,000 to 12,000 kilometres, or every six months, depending on which comes first. However, drivers who regularly travel off-road or on dirty roads may want to change their oil on a more regular basis, due to the accumulation of debris that may occur. 

Consequences for Failing to Change Your Oil 

Drivers who fail to change their oil are running the risk of damaging their engine. Short-term, dirty oil will result in reduced performance and a decrease in fuel efficiency. Over time, the vehicle’s engine may receive damage that may result in costly repairs. 

Get Your Oil Changed at Southbank Dodge 

Wondering where to go to get your oil changed in Ottawa? Southbank Dodge is the perfect place to stop in with your vehicle. Drivers can easily book an appointment right here on our website. Have any questions for our team? Don’t hesitate to call our service centre at (833) 384 – 0278, or send us a message through our website.