The little things make a big difference. That’s not only true when it comes to remembering birthdays and anniversaries, or doing something thoughtful for a friend. It’s also true for your car. You may not give much thought to your motor oil, but it’s one of the most vital things when it comes to giving your Toyota car a long life. Toyota Chula Vista explains how.
Why Change Your Oil?
The owner’s manual for your new or pre-owned Toyota car will tell you when to change your oil. Can’t find the manual? A simple guideline is to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. That’s roughly every three months, though if you have a long commute you may find yourself visiting more often.
Car parts aren’t the only thing that breaks down over time. Your oil does too, losing viscosity (the property that makes it an effective lubricant) with time and use. That’s why just topping off your oil when it’s a bit low isn’t enough to do the trick.
Oil does three main things for your engine: it lubricates, cools, and protects. If your oil is worn out or gets too low, your engine will run hotter and with more friction than is good for it.
Run long enough on bad oil and you risk engine wear, overheating, or your engine seizing. That, in turn, leads to some very costly repairs — even the possibility of needing a rebuild or a completely new engine. Even if you’re not letting things go to that extreme, you’re still going to notice a dip in gas mileage because your engine has to work harder.
In summary, what you think you’re saving on an oil change could cost you at the pump — or the repair shop — later. Since an oil change is quick and inexpensive, especially when you stop to consider the frequent specials run by our parts and service departments, it’s better to spend small now so your wallet doesn’t take a severe hit later.
Dangers of not changing your oil:
So why come to your San Diego area Toyota dealership and not a quick lube shop? For one thing, our technicians can spot other problems while they’re changing your oil, including slow leaks and other issues. For another, we make sure the right fluids go in the right places (our competitors, sad to say, don’t always).
Oil changes ensure that your new Toyota car keeps running like new, or that your older Toyota vehicle gets a second lease on life. Whether you need Toyota parts, Toyota service by expert technicians, or a brand new Toyota SUV like the Toyota RAV4, stop by 650 Main Street and Toyota Chula Vista.