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Engine Oil: Your Car’s Lifeblood
As you might expect, the engine oil provides lubrication for the moving components inside internal combustion engines. But that’s not all it does. Engine oil fulfills a number of other functions.
To begin with, engine oil captures dirt particles and fuel vapors, and holds them in suspension, away from moving parts inside the engine. It provides additional cooling for some of the components. And it even helps operate the valve train in engines that use hydraulic lifters to open the valves.
With all it does, it’s no wonder that regular oil changes are critical for engine durability. In fact, no other maintenance item is so important for extending the vehicle’s life and reducing repair costs. Changing the oil has these direct effects for protecting the engine:
But not all of the benefits of changing oil are due directly to the oil itself. That’s because during a typical oil change—the familiar ‘‘lube, oil, and filter’’ service—the service technician usually checks a number of other items and performs other services on the car:
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