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The Biggest Myths About Oil Changes

Changing your oil is one of the most important routine maintenance tasks you can perform.  We have debunked the top four myths about changing your oil:

Myth 1 – I can change my oil less frequently because once my engine warms up, the oil becomes just as lubricating as it was when it was first poured in.  This myth is FALSE.  When heated to a high temperature, oil undergoes thermal breakdown, and the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant.  This causes engine parts to rub together, creating additional heat and intensifying the thermal effect/ oil breakdown cycle.
Myth 2 – Changing oil is a time consuming and messy job.  This myth is FALSE.  Keeping your engine oil well maintained may seem like an odious task, it will save you time and money spent on future maintenance.  Fresh oil decreases the wear and tear on your engine, and frequent oil changes can be instrumental in detecting early engine issues before they become catastrophic.  Catastrophic losses mean major repairs, and those take much more time than a simple oil change.  Wi
Myth 3 – When my engine oil is black, it’s time to change the oil.  This myth is also FALSE.  When engine oil is heated, some of the additives and detergents that help your oil move smoothly through your engine change colour.  Be sure to pick the oil recommended by your engine manufacturer, and change your oil based on the manufacturer’s suggested schedule. 

Myth 4 – I need a garage with a lift to change oil.  This is FALSE.  Oil changes can be completed almost anywhere.  Be sure to drain your oil while it is hot for the best results.  With No-Spill™ drain plugs and accessories, your oil changes can be a simple process no matter where you are.
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