At Chicago Motors we provide the very best European car repair in Chicago and its environs, and we want to do all we can keep your import running for years to come. As an owner, one of the most important things that you can do for your vehicle is to schedule regular oil changes.

Oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine, and here are six reasons why regular oil changes are so important.

1. Keeps your engine clean

As oil circulates through the engine it collects dirt and other debris and over time turns to sludge, rather than clean, lubricating oil. Changing your oil and filter every 3,000-5,000 miles removes the accumulated debris, keeping your engine clean and running smoothly.

2. Protects engine parts

Inside your engine are dozens of parts needed to keep it running, like the crankshaft and piston rods, and the camshaft that helps open and close of your engine’s exhaust valves. Having clean oil in your engine is crucial in keeping these components well lubricated and operating normally.

3. Extends engine life

Dirt particles are deadly to engines. Dirt causes corrosion and shortens engine life. Routine oil and filter changes help remove particles and sludge and keep your engine in peak condition, avoiding costly repairs while extending its life.

4. Helps prevent overheating

Without proper lubrication, moving parts in your engine create friction, and that produces heat. Maintaining sufficient amounts of clean oil is the perfect solution that helps prevent too much friction and engine overheating.

5. Increases gas mileage

Poor engine lubrication can lead to increased fuel consumption. The U.S. Department of Energy asserts that regular oil changes can improve gas mileage by an estimated 1-2%. At first that doesn’t seem like much, but with gas prices on the rise, the savings can be significant over a year’s time.  

6. Helps your vehicle pass annual inspection

Part of the annual inspection is determining the amount of hydrocarbons your vehicle is releasing. Dirty oil causes a buildup of hydrocarbons that your exhaust system sprays into the atmosphere. Regular oil changes not only help you pass the emissions test but protect the environment as well.

Regular oil changes are crucial. We invite you to come by and see how convenient and affordable European car repair in Chicago can be, and at Chicago Motors you can even schedule that oil change in advance.