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Tech Tips: Oil Changes and Why They’re Important
A little time and money go a long way

With so many advanced systems in your vehicle, it’s kind of amazing that something as simple as an oil change can be so vital to its health and efficiency. While technology has continually improved and motor oil is formulated to last longer, oil changes are still something you need to take seriously. Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly for years to come.
 
Oil change intervals can vary from every 3,000-miles to more than 10,000 miles depending on the make and model of your vehicle, so be sure to check your owner’s manual. Quick lube centers might be tempting, but to ensure your investment is in good hands it’s always advisable to go to the factory-certified technicians who know your vehicle best and use only parts that the factory recommends.
 
Motor oil performs many tasks, from protecting the engine’s moving parts to transferring heat to keeping internal components clean. However, as oil gets older, the additives get used up and the oil loses some of its capabilities. When you change the oil, any contaminants that have built up are removed and the process can start again.
 
The oil filter, which will be replaced as part of your oil change, helps catch some of those impurities too, acting similarly to the way the body’s kidneys do with your blood. Best of all? When you take your vehicle to your dealer for an oil change, there’s no mess to deal with like there would be if you did it at home. All disposal and environmental issues are taken care of for you.
 
Stop by today and let us help keep your vehicle running as efficiently as possible.
 
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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