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Here at Kevin’s Car Repair & Body Shop LLC, we want to help you take the best possible care of your vehicle. If you’re a new driver, then you may not know everything you should be doing as part of your car maintenance routine, but you’ve probably heard that you need to change the oil regularly. In our experience, people take better care of their cars when they understand the reasons why each step is necessary, so in this article we’ll be going over what an oil change actually does for your engine.

As the different parts of your car’s engine move against each other, they generate friction, which in turn generates heat. The oil in your car allows these parts to move together more smoothly, reducing friction, while also absorbing some of the heat energy. In this way, the oil helps prevent your engine from overheating.

Over time, the oil in your car breaks down, which makes it less effective at reducing friction and absorbing heat. In order to keep your car running smoothly and prevent major engine problems, you need to take your car in for an oil change before the oil breaks down too much. While how often you’ll need to have your oil changed can vary depending on how much you drive, we at Kevin’s Car Repair & Body Shop LLC recommend having an oil change every 5,000 miles.

We at Kevin’s Car Repair & Body Shop LLC hope that this information helps you make the best decision when it comes to maintaining your vehicle. If you would like further advice on how often to schedule oil changes, you can consult with our experts.