Lubricants keep things running smooth with less friction. Okay…get your head out of the gutter. We’re talking about automobile engines here. Motor oil is not the only lubricant that your vehicle requires, it needs several types of engine lubricants. It also needs gear lube, gear oil, greases and compressor oil. Oh, yes, and that special oil for the loose nut behind the wheel (gotcha!).
Times have certainly changed. Oil chemistry and engine technology have improved to the point that most cars, these days, can go several thousand more miles before changing the oil than they did in the past. What used to be a recommended oil change at 3,000 miles is now between 7,500 and 10,000 miles or more. I always loved the bit that Comedienne Nancy Reed used to do about “True Confessions.” One of her many, funny, true confessions onstage was that she’d call one of those telephone companion hotlines and tell them “I haven’t changed my oil since 1999!” And, yes, I italicized the word companion, because we all know there is no other “nice” word for it.
Since your mechanic generally takes care of all of the other lubricants and greases that your car requires, let’s focus on engine oil. Here’s what it does, in case you were curious. Oil lubricates the engine and keeps it running smoothly. Less friction means less effort which takes some stress off of the engine. Therefore, keeping the temperature down and your car more fuel efficient. Just like in a relationship. The less friction, the longer it lasts. The more friction, someone will eventually throw a rod, and be garaged for a long time.
And, another thing, an oil change is not to be confused with a lube job. A lube job lubricates the chassis and suspension system. A different part of the car, altogether. So they are two different things. If your mechanic asks you if you want a lube job or asks you if he can check your lubricant, make sure you clarify which, before you presumptuously slap his face.
Until next week…
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