As car owners we know we need to change our engine’s oil at regular intervals but what does engine oil actually do?
Engine oil has a number of vital purposes, however essentially engine oil keeps the engine running smoothly. Engines contain many moving parts which have the potential to rub against each other creating friction. This friction can damage parts of the engine and cause them to wear more quickly. If the friction built up then it would dramatically slow down the running of the engine making it less efficient and more likely to break down. Oil lubricates engine parts to reduce friction and help keep the engine running smoothly.
But that’s not all oil has a number of other functions which include:
So how does engine oil do this?
The majority of modern engine oils on the market are made up of a base oil and a number of additives. The base oils main purpose is to lubricate engine parts reducing friction whilst the additives stabilise the thickness of oil under varying temperatures, help break down debris within the engine and protect engine parts from corrosion and wear.
Overtime oils ability to fulfil its role deteriorates that’s is why changing your oil is one of the most important aspects of routine vehicle maintenance.
At Stoneacre we carry out both an oil change and oil filter change as standard when you book your car in for an interim service.