Does Dirty Oil Ruin My Engine?
For an unfortunate number of people out there, oil changes are a hassle and something they either don’t take seriously, put off until they get around to it, or ignore altogether. This can be a horrible thing. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Wellington, Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, or all the way across the country, foregoing any regular scheduled maintenance can spell disaster for your car’s longevity.
The best thing you can possibly do to keep your car running like it did the day you drove off the lot is to stick with your regular oil changes and routine check-ups. Discover the many reasons why dirty oil will ruin an engine, and why it’s so important to keep up with regular scheduled maintenance on your car from the service team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach.
How Dirty Oil Can Ruin an Engine
The purpose of motor oil is to lubricate the engine parts to keep them running smooth while, at the same time, protecting them from friction and heat that arises. However, your car also takes in air, which is full of pollution and particulates, and generates dirt of its own.
The oil also removes that dirt and grime, getting fouled itself in the process. This can eventually result in situations where the oil not only fails to work as it should, but it does the exact opposite. Dirty oil can ruin an engine instead of protecting it.
Why This Happens
As the oil in your engine picks up the contaminants that would otherwise foul up the engine, it becomes dirty. As the oil gets dirty, it becomes thick and viscous, creating what is known as sludge. Over time, this sludge not only fails to lubricate and protect your engine, but it can actually gum up the works. It can create friction instead of helping to offset it, and the particulates in the sludge can actually scratch and damage your engine parts.
All of this together leads to your engine having more difficulty churning along, reduced fuel efficiency and possibly overheating or seizing up from the damage the fouled oil causes in extreme cases.
The 3,000-Mile Myth
Now, all of that being said, there is some good news. You’ve probably heard the old wisdom that you should get your oil changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. While it certainly won’t hurt your car to do this, it’s not necessary and exists today largely to make money for quick-change oil services.
Modern vehicles are designed to run anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 miles between oil changes, with increments of 6 months to a year. Every car is different, so you should check your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations to find out how often you need your oil changed.
Schedule an Oil Change at Braman Honda of Palm Beach
If you need an oil change in your car, van or SUV, and you’re in the Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, or Wellington region, Braman Honda of Palm Beach is here to help. Our service techs will gladly perform all routine maintenance, and they’re specially-certified to work on Honda vehicles. Let us keep your Honda running like new. Give us a call or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!