What Does My Oil Do?

Practically every driver knows that oil is somehow important to their engine. While most of us know that oil is somehow important, and that it needs to be periodically changed, not everyone knows what the oil actually does. Fortunately, we at Nissan World of Springfield are here to answer all your questions.

Your engine isn't one solid block of metal; it's made of many different moving parts, all working together in harmony. As all those parts move, they generate both friction and heat. Quickly rubbing your hands together will make them feel warm, and the parts in your car move a lot faster than you can move your hands. Friction is great for keeping your hands warm in the winter, but it would cause your engine to overheat and break down... at least, it would if you didn't have any oil. Engine oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine, reducing the generated friction. It even carries away heat! Fresh oil keeps your engine running the way it should.

Oil keeps your engine healthy, but it doesn't last forever. As time goes by, the oil starts to degrade and break down. It becomes less and less effective at lubricating your engine. If you go too long without changing your oil, it can even start to clog up your engine instead of helping it! It's important to change you oil before that happens. A good rule of thumb is to change your oil every six months or every 7,500 miles. When it's time for a change, schedule an appointment with our service center. We'll have your oil changed in no time at all!

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