Engine oil is the one component anyone can take care of to prolong the life of their car and in particular the engine. A fresh oil change produces far more than just lubrication for the engine parts. And those multiple benefits add up over time. Mechanic after mechanics will certify, the biggest problems they see with engine damage and failure are often associated with insufficient lubrication under high heat demands. While the cooling system provides a heatsink for that temperature, it’s the engine oil that allows the parts to keep moving without friction, especially when they get hot.
One of the reasons why there is a dipstick in the engine for the engine oil is to allow quick and easy measurement of the current oil level and see what’s going on with the lubrication. Every owner should know how to pull the dipstick and read it, both to top off oil when needed and to see what’s happing with its condition. Too low an engine oil level, and the engine will struggle to move what’s left through the system to stay lubricated. Too dark an engine oil, and the grit and dirt in it will compromise its performance. The dipstick is the easiest way to see both and know when to act.
Fortunately, modern engine oil lasts for a long time if kept level, and there are no leaks. Generally, car owners should be changing their engine oil and oil filter every 6,000 miles or so or every 6 months. This provides two big benefits. First, the oil gets changed out with new oil so that lubrication is optimum again. Second, flushing out the oil gets rid of all the grit and metal shavings that build up over time and get deposited in the oil reservoir washed out from the engine parts. New oil helps bathe your car engine insides with fresh, untainted lubrication, avoiding friction problems, and minor bit damage that can be built up over time.
At Briggs Nissan in Manhattan, KS, we provide you a complete oil change service for your Nissan vehicle that includes a multi-point inspection as well as easy disposal of all your used oil waste. Unlike third-party services that move you in and out in 30 minutes with barely checking to see if the oil plug was put back in the right, we provide Nissan owners from Manhattan and Junction City, KS, a comprehensive inspection and maintenance service. The oil change provides your engine a regular maintenance prevention need, and the visit also gives us a chance to make sure your Nissan is operating correctly and safely on the road.
Most prevention costs less than 10 percent of what subsequent repairs would cost when something goes wrong, so scheduling oil changes and check-ups are a really smart, budget-conscious way to take care of your car. If you need a Nissan Altima oil change in Manhattan, give us a call to schedule an appointment or drop by. We’ll fit you in as soon as we can and get your car taken care of.