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Automotive Motor Oil Change Frequency

Believe it or not your vehicle is made up of thousands and thousands of parts the majority of which are metal in origin and composition. It is a known fact in the work of mechanics that metal rubbing against raw metal creates great friction, and wear and tear on the metal surfaces in collision with each other. Thus without adequate lubrication from oil type lubricants you’re the motor in your vehicle – be it car, truck or S.U.V. would not last long and would thus have a very short life span.

There are some partly or wholly non-petroleum oils which are referred to as “synthetic oils”. According to manufacturers of these synthetic oils , a car or truck can be driven up to 30,000 miles ( 50,000 km) without the requirement or need for an oil change. The most grueling auto racers use premium synthetic oils almost exclusively. All sorts of claims have been made for synthetics which after all were developed for tank use on the Russian front in WW2. The most vital and important claims reduced friction , reduced wear, improved fuel economies , and extended oil change interval times. While no motor oil will eliminate engine wear, synthetics do offer measurable improvements in engine life according to Alberta based auto industry analyst M. L. Labovitch. How much of course is of course still subject to tremendous and ongoing heated debate and debates. In terms of flow characteristics most synthetics flow like water at – 40 degrees Celsius below zero , a temperature point where most conventional motor oils and even Russian vodka freezes solid. If it happens ( as it sometimes does in case of limited or no routine auto maintenance and service) that the oil filter itself is so dirty that motor oil cannot pass through the oil filter, in most cases a bypass valve will open and the motor oil goes directly to the moving parts. There are some partly or wholly non-petroleum oils which are referred to as “synthetic oils”. According to manufacturers of these synthetic oils , a car or truck can be driven up to 30,000 miles ( 50,000 km) without the requirement or need for an oil change. The most grueling auto racers use premium synthetic oils almost exclusively. What are the drawbacks of synthetics ? Price is the primary concern with synthetics costing from three to five times as much as conventional motor oils and lubricants. But just considering the increased length of time between oil change intervals they provide, the real cost difference may not be all that great by any means or manner of form. Some people just must have top of the line – the very best lubricant money can buy – even dirty un-cleaned motor oil if necessary. It seems that half a loaf of bread is better than no bread at all, or in this essential though lubrication provide by dirty, as opposed to more pure, lubricating fluids.

The oil drain plug is in the oil pan at the the bottom of the engine. This has to be removed with a solid wrench or socket. If you do the work yourself as you remove the plug, be careful not to let hot oil drip onto your hand or arm. It usually and generally goes through the camshaft, up to lubricate the valve lifters and rocker arms, then down to the crankshaft, the pistons and down the inside interior walls of the engine’s cylinders. Gravity brings the motor oil eventually to the oil, where the process begins again. In this way, the motor-oil lubricates all engine parts, cooling the surface and surfaces and reducing wear. In addition the motor oil and oils also act as a liquid washer and sealant around the pistons. Motor lubricating oil serves to seal the area on the circumference of the pistons. This way none of the air/ fuel mixture that is compressed for the combustion purposes, – to drive your motor and power plant, can escape. As a result the lubricating oil acts in addition to simple lubricant benefits to increase engine power and horsepower and maintains a far more powerful and efficient power plant that would be available otherwise.

Most motorists take their engine oil for granted. Multiviscosity is a most highly desirable characteristic in an auto engine motor oil and lubricant. If the oil is relatively thin at low temperatures, it will flow easily overall and provide good lubrication. This is especially important in the cold northern Alberta winter time climate. From the time the engine starts in the minus 40 degree temperature and the engine oil begins to flow more engine wear and tear occur than in thousands and thousands of normal driving in warmer more moderate ambient temperatures. Current auto industry recommendations and protocol in 2010 is to start the vehicle and bring the temperature up to its normal operating temperature. The motorist can do this simply by letting the engine run for 10 to 20 minutes . Take care not to run the car in an enclosed space, underground garage or a garage with the large door ways closed. Dangerous fumes and carbon monoxide poisoning can result.
In one tragic terrible case a home owner left the auto running in an attached garage. The CO fumes entered the home poisoning his family – especially if are in extreme conditions such as commercial taxi or police use or drive in a very cold climate in the winter time.