Oil Changes

Oil changes should be a regular part of your vehicle's maintenance routine. Clean oil will help keep the moving parts of your engine operating efficiently. It is also important that you use the correct type of oil which your vehicle's manufacturer has recommended. Hansma Automotive can quickly and economically change your oil for you. Contact us today to book an appointment for your next scheduled oil change.

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What Does Oil Do?

Oil is unquestionably the most important fluid in your engine. The oil's purpose is to lubricate and clean the rapidly moving parts of your engine, the pistons. These pistons are making several thousand rotations per minute so it is vitally important that the oil keep these parts clean, cool and lubricated.

Your car's engine works by moving a piston back and forth rapidly, which creates pressure, therefore creating power. If anything such as grit or grime gets on the piston, it will slow it down, thus lessening the power of your engine. The dirt and grime can also scratch the surface of the piston as it moves back and for, thereby damaging it. The oil in your engine helps to remove that grit and grime before it can do damage and allows the piston to move easily and efficiently back and forth.

When Do You Need To Change Your Oil?

Regular oil changes are necessary in order for your oil to do its job of keeping the pistons clean. Your oil gets old and dirty with time and with driving and therefore loses its ability to clean. Each car manufacturer will have a different recommendation as to when you need to change your oil. Check your owner's manual for your vehicle. A general rule of thumb is to have your oil changed every 5,000 km of driving or every year, whichever comes first.

What If I Run Out Of Oil?

If your car runs out of oil, and you continue to drive it, you will severely and probably permanently damage your engine. Without the lubricating effect of oil, your pistons will seize up and your engine will cease to run.

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Why You Should Let A Professional Do It

It is a relatively simple thing to change your own oil, however, it really doesn't save you that much money to do it yourself. A professional can do it faster and they already have all of the equipment, such as a drain pan, car ramps and filter wrench to easily do the job. They also have the resources to properly dispose of the used oil.

Types Of Oil

There are basically 3 types of oil: mineral, synthetic, and semi-synthetic (a mixture of mineral and synthetic).Synthetic oils are more expensive than mineral oils because they are produced using a more expensive chemical process. They tend to give enhanced performance. They flow more easily when you start your engine and are more heat-resistant. Synthetic oil is especially useful during our Canadian winters as it is much better at cold-weather starting than mineral oils. It is important that you check your owner's manual to find out which type of oil is best for your vehicle.

For a more detailed explanation about the differences between synthetic and mineral oils, watch the following video.