Oil Change & Tune-up

What is the purpose of an oil change and tune-up?

Your car engine will never function without the engine oil as the engine oil is responsible for the lubrication of the moving parts in your car engine. Without the engine oil, these moving parts will only move against each other and create a high amount of friction thereby leading to extreme wear and tear. Once the parts of your car engine have worn out, the engine will ultimately fail to work. Now, the point is not to have engine oil in the car; everybody knows the importance of engine oil, but it is equally important to do an oil change regularly and timely too.

Another purpose of an oil change is that it reduces the exposure of the engine to oxygen, therefore reducing corrosion and rust/oxidation in your car engine. Oil also serves as a coolant for your car engine as it absorbs most of the heat generated from the moving parts of the engine. Regularly changing the oil will in more ways than one keeps your car engine operating at a safe and more satisfactory level.

A tune-up, on the other hand, does not only involve changing the engine oil in your car engine. A tune-up means inspecting the various components that make up your vehicle and having them replaced if they are damaged or worn out. These components could include one or all of these; PCV valve, brakes, fuel filter, wires, spark plugs, air filter, hoses, etc. during a tune-up, your ignition timing, idle speed, sensors and idle mixture will be checked and if any of these are abnormal, adjustments will be made where necessary.

Why is it important to change the oil in a car?

As mentioned earlier, oil is the blood of your car as it keeps the many parts of your car working properly and efficiently. It also helps to minimize the amount of carbon and varnish that would accumulate on the engine. However, as the engine continues to run and the oil takes on heat, the oil changes and becomes a sludge and less like a liquid as the additives would have gotten used up. At this point, you should be considering an oil change. When the oil becomes less like oil, your car engine starts functioning like there is no oil in it and it could cause a lot of damage to your car engine.

What happens if oil changes are not being done regularly?

There are a lot of problems that could arise when you do not do an engine oil change for your car and some of these problems are listed below;

  • Difficulty starting the engine
  • Stalling of the car
  • Check engine light on
  • Overheating
  • Too much exhaust smoke
  • Car making a loud noise.
  • Lagging when shifting gears
  • Dark or smelly Oil

If you experience any of these, you should endeavor to carry out an oil change. Once you have a low oil level, the check engine light will come on to warn you that something is wrong somewhere. If the problem is low oil, an oil change and tune-up is advised.