The Importance of Changing Your Oil

Oil changes are one of the most essential routine maintenance tasks you can do for your vehicle. Lubrication keeps things clean and running smoothly. If you neglect to change your oil, the results can be catastrophic, right up to needing an entirely new engine. Your Ram, Jeep, Chrysler, or Dodge vehicle will have very specific instructions for oil change intervals as well as recommendations for the type of oil you should use, such as synthetic or regular. This information is listed in your owner's manual, and we are pleased to offer auto service specials to save you money on this essential maintenance item.

As the oil moves around your engine, it picks up dust and microscopic metal debris shed from engine parts. Over time, the oil becomes saturated with this grime, reducing its ability to perform properly. The components in this sludge almost act like a kind of sandpaper, slowly wearing down engine parts or gumming up valves. Your engine might even be prone to overheating as a result of dirty oil. As your engine components move, the resulting friction generates heat. Reducing friction with proper lubrication also reduces the resulting heat. An oil change keeps your engine running smoothly and can even extend its lifespan.

Oil changes also have a seasonal component. If your climate has wide swings in temperature, you'll want to have the appropriate viscosity of oil in your car to counteract the effects of either cold or heat. On winter mornings, a lower viscosity oil can undertake the job of lubrication more quickly than a sluggish oil that needs heat in order to thin properly. Conversely, in the summer, a higher viscosity oil will cling to engine parts rather than running off due to the heat.

At San Diego Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we specialize in changing the oil in your car, truck, or SUV, using manufacturer recommended oil grades and the appropriate schedule specific to your vehicle. Visit or call us to make an appointment for your next oil change.  

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