FAQ: Oil Change for Used Cars

What’s the oil in your car for?
You’ve probably heard this many times before: Change your oil every 3,000 miles. Many of us obey willingly without even giving a second thought as to what would happen if we didn’t do it. Oil has a vital role in keeping your used car or truck working efficiently. It keeps your engine lubricated and running smoothly, and it also carries away heat from the engine.

Why do you have to change your oil?
As oil moves through the thousands of parts within your engine, lubricating and pulling away heat, it also picks up dirt and other small particles of debris from the engine. This is also part of the oil’s job; over time, however, the oil will become less efficient and will not allow the engine to run at optimal performance.

What happens when you don’t change your oil?
When you don’t change your oil, your engine will start to encounter various problems. The first issue your engine will face is becoming too hot. The particles trapped in the dirty oil will hold onto the heat of the engine. Next the engine will function less efficiently as the engine components start to wear out and warp from the heat and lack of lubrication between parts.

Finally, if the oil has been neglected, the engine will begin to fail. When this happens the engine will have to be replaced. This replacement can cost thousands of dollars and may even force you to just purchase a new vehicle!

The good news is, all these costly problems can be avoided easily. A car’s oil change is inexpensive and only occurs every 3,000 miles. Also, the typical oil change usually takes no more than half an hour.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve reached 3,000 miles since your last oil change, then you know it’s time.

Don’t know where to get your oil changed? Reno Tahoe Auto Group has extensive service center capabilities! You can get your oil changed quickly, efficiently, and at an affordable price.

Call or visit our location today!

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