Let’s start with the basics. The entire purpose of a car’s engine is to convert fuel into energy, and that energy moves your car. This process requires a lot of moving pieces, all of which are lubricated by motor oil. This increases efficiency and reduces wear, giving you a more productive engine with a longer lifespan. To help out this lubrication process, your engine needs an oil filter.
Motor oil keeps all the pieces of your engine, from the valve train to the piston rings, lubricated to prevent metal-on-metal friction and overheating. To get oil out to all of these little bits and pieces, your engine has an oil pump which puts oil that’s resting in the oil pan to work. The oil running through this system only remains effective so long as it can successfully lubricate all the engine’s moving parts. To do this, the oil needs to be kept as clean as possible. A sludgy, messy engine won’t do you or your car any good.
This is where your oil filter comes in handy. It captures any harmful debris, dirt, and metal fragments that have finagled their way into your system. With a clean oil filter in place, more material gets picked up. More material getting picked up means cleaner oil. Cleaner oil means a healthier engine and a happier you.
Why do I need an oil change?
Long story short? Your engine needs oil to run smoothly and avoid developing complicated (and expensive) issues down the road.
Longer story? There are three primary reasons your engine needs motor oil, and fresh motor oil on a regular basis too.
First, oil lubricates all the moving pieces in your engine to keep everything running smoothly.
Second, it helps stop your car from overheating (and smoking up the highway!) by reducing friction, transferring the heat, and absorbing by-products from combustion.
Third, a correct oil level keeps everything flowing properly so the engine system doesn’t starve.
When your oil level gets too low or your oil gets too old, the engine’s motor oil can’t properly perform these three functions and you could end up with nasty problems like decreased engine life, sticking piston rings, and overheating. By getting your oil changed regularly, you can keep your engine in good condition and provide the best protection for all of your engine’s bits and pieces.
When should I get an oil change?
Follow the specifications set by your vehicle manufacturer, as different engines have different needs. When you get an oil change, you’ll get a handy little sticker to remind you when to get your oil changed next, based on time or mileage. Traditional wisdom says you should get an oil change every 5000KM. (And, as always, bring your car in to get it checked out if you notice performance issues or oil spotting before that point.)
What happens during an oil change?
During an oil change, we do more than pour new oil in your engine. We’ll remove your old, gunky oil and replace it with a full Toyota genuine motor oil, synthetic blend, conventional, or high mileage oil depending on your vehicle’s needs. We’ll also replace and recycle your oil filter and perform a courtesy inspection which includes fluid, light, and battery checks to make sure you drive away confident in your vehicle’s safety.
Why should i do a full oil change instead of just topping it off?
When you add new motor oil to bring your oil levels back up to normal, the old, sludgy, dirty oil doesn’t disappear—it’s just mixed with the new, fresh, clean oil. This puts more stress on the new oil and keeps it from working as well as it could. By all means, top off your oil if you’re in an emergency low-oil situation, but make sure to follow up with a full oil change immediately!