Why You Shouldn’t Change Your Oil by Yourself

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Oil is an essential element of any car. It has many functions: it keeps your car’s engine clean and free of unwanted debris buildup, it keeps your engine cool so it won’t overheat, and it provides your engine with necessary lubrication for optimum life and reliability.

Without regular oil changes, your car’s oil will eventually become contaminated and ineffective. Then, your car could suffer from fuel efficiency, mechanical problems, or even total engine failure. It’s important that these oil changes are performed correctly. There are many factors to take into account when changing your oil, so doing it by yourself leaves a lot of room for error. Any error could lead to unwanted damages to your car. Leaving the job to a professional could save you from potentially expensive and extensive repair later.

Oil Change Mistakes You Can Avoid by Hiring a Professional:

  • Missing your car’s due date: Your car’s oil needs to be changed after a certain number of miles have been driven or if your car’s oil service indicator light turns on. Forgetting or changing your oil too late will eventually damage your engine. An expert will help you keep track of when your car is due for your next oil change.
  • Using the wrong oil for your engine: The type of oil needed for your car depends on your car’s engine, manufacturing instructions, and the time of year you are having your oil changed. Using the wrong oil can lead to oil leaks, reduced fuel efficiency, reduced lubrication, and eventual engine problems.
  • Missing the mark: Your car needs a specific amount of oil. Not enough oil or too much oil can tamper with your car’s engine and the lubrication needed to maintain your car’s parts. Too little oil could lead to overheating and damage to your car’s engine system. If your engine becomes too damaged, it could need to be replaced.

If your Mercedes-Benz or BMW is ready for an oil change or in need of another service, call Silver Star Motors today at (916) 318-9445 or contact us online.