When it comes to reliability, 4x4s are at the top of the list, but how can you ensure that yours will always be running smoothly? Preventative maintenance is the key and most importantly, keeping up with regular oil changes goes a long way. Considering the low cost for upkeep, it’s the best way to reduce the risk of engine trouble for the long haul of your vehicle’s life and the most impactful routine service when considering how essential oil is to the daily use of your 4×4. Most importantly, they keep the need for major fixes in check if kept to a regular schedule.
If you ever wondered just why changing the oil in your 4×4 is critical, take a look at these reasons below. While they are simply a handful, they detail the major points of this preventative service. Avoiding this maintenance could stop your 4×4 dead in its tracks and that takes all the fun out of owning an offroad vehicle!
– Oil Stress – Oil breaks down over time – a fact that your average 4×4 owner may not consider when out on an adventure with your favorite toy. The temperature and stress put on your 4×4 requires the lubricant to be fresh to be effective, but if oil is not changed during the designated time, its quality is degraded until the oil no longer acts as a lubricant at all. In fact, the very opposite occurs, with clogs and gunk bringing your engine to a grinding halt. This form of engine failure is very costly to repair when considering how cost effective regular oil changes are to ward off this possibility.
– Oil Filter Clogs – A replacement filter is a part of routine oil changes, installed by one of our expert technicians. A new filter aids in the proper distribution of oil throughout your 4×4’s engine. Not only does it allow clean oil through, but most importantly, this filter keeps build up and sludge out of the engine. Old filters exposed to degraded oil become clogged and useless, bringing damage to internal parts and eventual engine failure.
– Cracks & Leaks – Circulated, degraded oil can cause cracks or leaks within the engine thanks to debris which is carried through during use. Additional damage may cause other coolants or even gasoline to leak into the oil. This mixture is toxic to the engine’s performance and could shorten the life of your 4×4. At the very least, it will damage parts of your 4×4’s engine that will be costly to replace.
– Corrosion – When old oil is circulated throughout the engine again and again, it spreads corrosion from dirt, dust, and even water accumulation over an extended period of time. These outside elements break down parts of the engine after repeat abuse. The end result in this treatment is also engine failure.
During your oil change at All American Four Wheel Drive & Auto Repair, not only will we provide your 4×4 with the top quality oil it requires, but we will also perform a complete diagnostic to provide you with peace of mind. Changing your oil every 3,000 miles or three months is recommended. Allow our expert technicians to service your 4×4 with the care only trained professionals can provide. If you need to get back on the road while we work, take advantage of our free transportation service. Why should a repair or routine maintenance disrupt your day? Making service as easy and carefree as possible is what we’re best at. Contact us today to schedule your next oil change!