If you are like most car owners, when that oil sticker says expired, you might be wondering how far you can push it. Oil changes are not only expensive, but they can also be burdensome and put a real kink in your day. Although not very convenient, an oil change is more important than you probably realise. If you are going to skip one maintenance must when it comes to your kia, it shouldn’t ever ignoring an overdue oil change alert or a check engine light. The oil level and quality of the oil, is one of the most critical things to your car’s overall functionality and makes a difference in the longevity of your car.
- Oil lubricates the engine
Oil is the elixir that keeps everything running smoothly under the hood. When your car starts to get hot, oil is what keeps friction low, and stops the wear and tear of the components of your car. If you don’t have enough oil, then you are putting excessive wear on the parts of the engine that are needed to help your car run smoothly. Without oil, your car engine is nothing but a squeaky wheel, and, unfortunately, a squeaky wheel is more prone to breaking down and being severely damaged.
- Oil removes engine sludge that can lead to wear and tear
If you want to ensure that your car doesn’t overheat, then oil is one of your car’s best friends. As you drive your car dirt and debris can build up in the engine, and that can cause a significant amount of corrosion. As the oil in your car begins to age, if not changed, it can become “sludge.” If you have a whole lot of sludge due to infrequent oil changes, your car heats up irregularly and you run the risk of excessive wear and tear, which will cause a whole lot of trouble.
- Oil helps improve your gas mileage
Just like full tires and well-designed aerodynamics are important to your car’s gas mileage, the way that the engine operates and the amount of friction that goes on under the hood impacts performance. Higher friction and heat creation can lead to higher energy consumption. In other words–without good oil, you’ll burn more fuel. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that by maintaining regular oil changes, you can increase your car’s gas mileage by a minimum of one to two percent. That might not sound like a whole lot, but when you add that over the decade or two, that measly one to two percent becomes pretty significant. The small cost of an oil change will save you a lot over the course of driving your Kia.
- Oil cools the engines various components
Friction is a car’s worst friend. If your car is overheating due to a lack of oil or oil that has become sludge, it is a lot harder to fix than having a routine oil change. Don’t let your engine feel stressed. If you want to make sure that you’re never roadside with a car that is burning hot and has shut down, then you will want to limit friction in the best way possible: by maintaining your Kia’s oil.
- Oil increases your Kia’s longevity
If you want your Kia Rondo to last you awhile, then regular oil changes are essential to limit excessive wear and tear that damages your engine. When you don’t remove old oil that turns to sludge, you make your car work harder, which limits the number of years it will run the way that it should. If you treat your Kia right, it will be sure to return the favor. Those car owners who think that an oil change is unnecessary and just a gimmick to get car owners into their local Kia service center are unfortunately misinformed. Oil changes are stressed because they are important! To make sure to keep your gas mileage low, your engine cool, and your Kia moving freely and smoothly, an oil change is key to keeping your car as young as possible so you can enjoy it for decades to come.