Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. As the engine runs, all of the moving parts generate heat. All the heat and friction can start to cause the parts to degrade, as well as running the risk of the engine overheating. Oil helps lubricate the engine and carries away the generated heat. This protects the engine, but after a while the oil begins to break down and can't do its job as effectively. Eventually it needs to be replaced.

There are two kinds of oil available for your car: conventional oil and synthetic oil. Conventional oil is refined regular oil from the ground, while synthetic oil is artificially created in a lab from chemical compounds. Synthetic oil lasts much longer than regular oil does, making for longer waits between oil changes. It also often contains helpful additives for your engine. Synthetic oil is also more expensive than regular oil is.

When should you change your oil? A good rule of thumb is to check it every six-months or every 5,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. However, it varies depending on several factors, including your car, your driving style, and the kind of oil used.

Changing your oil is vital for your engine's health, and is necessary to keep your vehicle running smoothly. If neglected, oil can break down into sludge, and can even clog parts of your engine. Changing the oil is also a lot easier and cheaper than costly engine repairs. At Shirlie Slack Mitsubishi, our service center will change your oil in no time, as well as anything else you need done. If you can't remember the last time you had an oil change, it's not too late. Schedule an appointment with us today, and our technicians will have your car running as smoothly as the day you got it.

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