Why Do Almost All Vehicles Need Engine Oil?

Engine oil is essentially the bloodline of your vehicle. It's the key substance to keep your engine happy and running for hundreds and thousands of miles. Oil changes are an essential and routine part of car care that should be your number one priority! But why do automobiles need oil changes, to begin with? 


What Does Oil Do for a Car?

The primary role of motor oil is to grease up the moving parts of your engine. Since an engine has so many complex and fast-moving features, engine oil is required to keep running smoothly by reducing friction and wear. Otherwise, they would grind against each other and cause damage.

Furthermore, a well-lubricated engine produces an intense amount of heat. That's why another significant function of engine oil is to extract the excess heat away. Without engine oil, your car would constantly overheat and not run at all.

Skipping routine oil changes can have threatening consequences for the health of your car and can even lead to complete engine failure. The standard recommendation interval for oil changes is every 3,000-5,000 miles, but it may vary depending on your manufacturer's maintenance schedule. 


What Are the Additional Benefits?

Motor oil has advanced and came a long way since its first application in the late 1800s. While the primary function of engine oil was still the same, most engine oils now offer exceptionally more benefits that improve engine performance. For instance, engine oil helps clean your engine by processing dirt and other contaminants through an oil filter. Additionally, some specialty oils can include various additives. These additives have the following qualities:

  • Corrosion inhibitors to guard against rust development
  • Dispersants ​to eliminate and restrict sludge from building u
  • Viscosity index improvers to increase the effectiveness of the oil in hotter temperatures

Engine oil benefits for your vehicle will also vary depending on the type of oil your car requires — conventional, semi-synthetic, or fully synthetic. 


Now that you understand the importance of engine oil is, are you ready for your next oil change? Our service team will ensure your engine is getting the best protection with our high-quality oils. We welcome you to give us a call or visit Torque Automotive LLC today!