Oil Change in Florissant and O’Fallon
Oil is often said to be the lifeblood of the engine, so an oil change service is very important if you want your vehicle to run well and last as long as possible. Fortunately, if you are in the Florissant and O’Fallon areas, Travers Premier Auto and Tire Service have technicians who can give your car an oil change to keep your car in top shape.
Basics of an Oil Change Service
Oil change services are fairly simple in nature. The technician will check your vehicle for leaks before the oil is drained and the oil filter is removed from the engine. Then, new oil and a new filter are placed in and on your engine. The oil and filter must be changed at the same time because the filter often holds on to some of the old, dirty oil which could contaminate the new oil.
This type of natural oil comes straight out of the ground. Generally, conventional oil is minimally modified with very few additives. However, this oil type breaks down quickly and needs frequent changing.
Synthetic oil starts as natural oil but is highly modified afterward with many additives. This type of oil is designed for longevity and keeps your engine cleaner, so less frequent changing is required.
Meaning of Oil Weight Ratings
You may have wondered about weight ratings and their benefits. This rating refers to its viscosity or ease of flow. You can use single weight oil, such as 30W, or dual weight, such as 5W30. With a dual weight, the 5 refers to the viscosity at startup. Once the engine is warmed up, the oil performs like 30W oil. Dual weight is beneficial if you live in a cold climate because the lower viscosity allows the oil to flow through the engine faster resulting in less wear during cold starts. For best results, choose the oil viscosity recommended by the manufacturer.
Problems if Your Car’s Oil Isn’t Changed Promptly
Over time, oil breaks down, becomes very dirty, and leaves harmful deposits on the engine. This will accelerate engine wear and that means you will have to replace the engine sooner. However, there is no need to delay this vital service if you are in the Florissant and O’Fallon areas. Travers Premier Auto and Tire service have trained technicians who can help you right now. Bring your car into our service department or call us if you have any questions about oil changes.