Lube and Oil Change Services

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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:

  • It removes harmful vapors that build up in the crankcase during combustion.
  • It eliminates particles of carbon and dirt that build up during normal operation.
  • It replaces depleted additives designed to reduce friction and wear.
  • It renews oil viscosity, or thickness, to improve lubrication.

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:

  • Lubricates the suspension and steering, and checks for obvious wear or damage.
  • Examines the underside for leaks or other obvious problems.
  • Checks the oil levels in the differential and manual transmission.
  • Checks all under-the-hood fluid levels.
  • Checks belts and hoses.
  • Checks the air filter.
At AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire & Service, the technician may perform several other checks and services as part of a normal oil change procedure. That’s why regular oil changes are so important: not just for the new oil—a valuable consideration in itself—but also for the other checks and tests that get performed at the same time.

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