Oil Changes in West Chester, Downingtown, and Concordville, PA
At United Tire & Service, we used to see 70s and 80s-model cars that would be thoroughly worn out and ready for the salvage yard by 80,000 miles. Today, we see vehicles all the time that have 250,000 miles on the odometer and many more good miles left in them.
What’s the key to keeping a vehicle for that long?
First off, today’s vehicles have better build quality and better design when they leave the factory – these have both been on a steady uptick since the late 90s. Even on the best vehicle, though, there’s no substitute for regular maintenance…just like a generation ago. And just like then, the most important piece of the maintenance picture is oil changes at regular intervals.
Motor oil begins to degrade and lose its lubricating properties over time. It picks up carbon, acids, water vapor and other byproducts from the combustion process, as well as microscopic metal shavings from the friction between moving parts. If left for too long, carbon deposits and buildups of sludge will start to accumulate on internal engine assemblies, speeding up engine wear.
When you overhaul a well-maintained engine, though, you’ll see pistons, camshafts, bearings and valve components that are still clean and free of carbon. With conventional motor oil, additives like detergents, dispersants, and friction modifiers can allow a 5,000 mile oil change interval easily. After years of testing and real-world experience, though, the jury is in: synthetic motor oil outperforms conventional oil in all aspects of engine protection. While synthetic oil is more expensive per quart, that extra cost is offset by the fact that a 10-12,000 mile interval is fine for synthetic oil, without increasing engine wear. NOTE: always consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals.
It’s a pretty easy decision, in the long run. You can pay a little money now and then for oil changes, or you can spend a lot of money for an engine rebuild down the line (or you can just take on a car payment). When was your last oil change? Make an appointment with United Tire & Service in West Chester, Downingtown, and Concordville, PA for your next one!