Yes, even soccer moms can be severe drivers.
Why choose the more frequent “severe” schedule? Even though an engine isn’t running, heat and cooling from sitting still attracts moisture and dust into the engine. Moisture is acidic. If the engine isn’t run long enough to burn off the accumulated moisture, the acid compounds become damaging.In addition, if the oil isn’t changed at the recommended interval, a thick mayonnaise-like compound called sludge, formed by the whipped-together interaction of the oil, fuels, water, dust, metallic shavings, and even antifreeze, can build up and adhere to engine parts, hampering operations and accelerating wear. Plus, additive packages contained in some motor oils break down over time and also act as contaminants. Left long enough, sludge can cause permanent engine damage.
An oil filter’s job is to sift out the contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine without restriction. When the oil filter becomes full or clogged the oil and contaminants will flow around the filter. This “bypassing” is a safety mechanism. As far as your engine is concerned, dirty oil is better than no oil at all. However, when bypassing occurs, contaminants enter the engine. This reduces fuel economy, increases emissions and can potentially lead to engine failure. Engine breakdowns also create hazards on the highway.When you take your car to a fast lube facility, you get more than just an oil change. They conduct a comprehensive safety check to make sure your car is running efficiently and economically. The safety check can include the brakes, lights, air filter, tire pressure, in-cabin air filter, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wipers, anti-freeze, the serpentine belts, and various other components.
Once educated about normal versus severe driving, most vehicle owners agree that they fall into the severe category and that their vehicles need regular oil changes to keep them performing at their best.Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Automotive Oil Change Association is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to enhancing the competency of national and international fast lube owners, advancing the knowledge and efficiency of technicians, and educating the public for a better understanding of the need for automotive maintenance. Contact AOCA at (800) 331-0329 or www.aoca.org.
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