The non-engine oil changes are just as important as changing the engine oil in your car.
WHAT OILS SHOULD BE CHANGED?
Every time your car is serviced the engine oil is changed, but there are other oils in your car that should also be changed periodically.
WHAT ARE THESE OTHER OILS?
All of the following systems are lubricated by oil or fluids of various types.
- Automatic transmission
- Manual gearbox
- Power steering systems
Unlike the engine, some of these systems don’t have the protection of an oil filter.
WHY CHANGE THESE OILS?
Simply put, oil reduces friction between the mechanical parts in a car and thus reduces wear.
Unless these oils are drained periodically and replaced with clean oil, parts of your car can wear more quickly than they should.
As oil gets older it collects abrasive impurities.
Additives used in the oil to help it suit a certain application can diminish over time and with use.
Heat produced, particularly in automatic transmissions, can also affect the oil’s lubricating properties.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD THE OIL BE CHANGED?
This will vary depending on the particular oil, the job it does and the type of driving that you do.
You can refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for recommended intervals or your Exhaust and Mechanical Labrador & Biggera Waters, QLD auto repair mechanic will be happy to advise you.
REMEMBER: Money spent on maintenance can save costly repairs.
We are happy to answer any more questions you may have regarding Service Intervals.