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You know motor oil is affordable and available. You’ve seen it on the shelves in auto parts stores, gas stations, hardware stores, and big box retailers. But do you know “what does an oil change do?”
Changing your oil according to your vehicle manufacturer recommendations can help with:
Maintaining engine efficiency, reducing noxious emissions, and avoiding costly repairs.
If that isn’t enough, how about this? An oil change is also an opportunity for a trained Jiffy Lube® technician to perform a comprehensive inspection of your vehicle. When you visit one of the 2,000+ Jiffy Lube locations nationwide for a Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, your car will receive a complimentary, multi-point inspection that includes a check and fill of the following:
The technician will inspect key components including:
To better understand what an oil change does, let’s look at how oil performs within the engine.
Your engine consists of several key components.
As oil flows through the engine, it cleans, lubricates and protects these components. It picks up deposits and contaminants, so your motor runs clean. But even the highest quality motor oil won’t last forever, and when the oil’s additives become depleted, it’s time for a change.
The benefits of an oil change are two-fold: help pass an emissions test and help the environment.
A primary part of an emissions test is checking for exhaust hydrocarbon content.
Routine oil changes will help extend the life of your emission system and reduce the hydrocarbons released into the air.
“Save you money” is one of the most popular answers to, “What does an oil change do?” Let’s look at how regular oil changes can help you spend less at the pump.
When the engine is properly lubricated, it’s more efficient. Oil is designed to help maintain engine performance by keeping it clean, protecting it from wear, and drawing heat from the engine. Here’s how: when components are covered with sludge and varnish, they stay hotter longer and work harder. Oil cleans and protects as it lubricates, helping to prevent the buildup of sludge.
But oil viscosity (thickness) breaks down with continued exposure to heat and contaminants in the engine. Plus, old, dirty oil loses its effectiveness as a lubricant. So, your engine must work extra hard, and this often results in diminished horsepower and gas mileage. After an oil change, with fresh oil flowing through your engine, you’re likely to see your gas dollar go further.
We’ve covered what an oil change does, now let’s see when you need to do. First, consult your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change interval for your specific vehicle. Can’t locate your manual? No worries! You can reach out to a Jiffy Lube® technician, who can access this information for you.
With the Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, you can expect:
After speaking with you, the technician will:
If your vehicle has a message display center that displays the oil life, the technician will reset the monitor to reflect your new oil change.
Remember, one of the key benefits of an oil change is to help keep your vehicle running right. And the team at Jiffy Lube is eager to help.
Curious about the difference between synthetic and conventional motor oil? Find out here.