The Risk of Not Getting an Oil Change

November 7th, 2019 by

Hawk Ford of St. Charles is your friend and Ford dealer near Wayne, near West Chicago, and we want to share some information with you on the importance of changing the oil in your car regularly. Just as your body needs blood to function, your vehicle needs clean oil to operate efficiently.

What oil does

Oil’s most important functions are to lubricate and help cool your engine. As the oil circulates continuously, it lubricates the hundreds of moving components in your engine. At the same time, it draws heat away from your engine to help prevent engine overheating.

Why you need to change the oil

As oil circulates through your engine it picks of particles of debris, and this is good and bad. While this collection of debris helps keep the engine free of these particles, over time the oil gets too dirty to be effective.

Oil also breaks down over time due to the high temperatures in the engine – a process called thermal breakdown – and it can’t provide the necessary lubrication, causing premature wear to your engine.

Finally, there’s sludge buildup. Sludge occurs when old oil begins to gel. As sludge builds up, it prevents the circulation of oil to vital engine components like crankshafts, bearings and camshafts, leading to major damage to your engine.

The good news is that changing your oil is one of the least expensive maintenance services, so come by your Hawk Ford dealer near Wayne and near West Chicago for that much needed oil change.

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