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Port St. Lucie, & Vero Beach, FL
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If you have ever wanted to know why your mechanic keeps changing your oil filter then this is the article for you with an easy to understand explanation. When you look through the list of items your mechanic charges you for each time that you take your car in for regular maintenance then it’s likely you have seen the words ‘Oil Change’ mentioned a few times. And while the name seems pretty self-explanatory, have you ever wondered why your mechanic keeps changing it?

Have You Ever Wondered Just What Your Oil Filter Does?

If the answer is ‘Yes’ then you have come to the right post! Below is a post from Will Burner with some basic information which can help you understand just what your oil filter does and why it keeps being replaced.

Let's Start With Why Your Engine Needs Oil in the First Place

Don’t worry, there won’t be a test at the end and the information will be easy to understand. Inside your engine are metal parts, all specially designed to fit precisely where they need to be to interact with other parts, whether that be sliding against another part, opening a valve to allow intake, or to simply just move up and down. All of these interactions happen at high speed, under high levels of pressure, and at extreme temperatures for the sole purpose of keeping your engine running and your vehicle moving. As you can imagine, if this process was left to happen alone, your engine wouldn’t last very long. To provide lubrication for each of these metal-to-metal interactions, your engine utilizes engine oil. You may also know it as motor oil or engine lubricant. Whatever the name, it’s purpose is to coat each of your engine parts with a layer of protective film which promotes smooth operation. Click here to buy AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil with can help improve the performance of your engine along with working to extend its lifespan. Speak with an expert at Wilburner by calling (772) 770-3448 to find out if this is the right product for your vehicle and to get professional advice finding the right one.

Understood! But If I Put Clean Oil in, Why Does It Need to Be Filtered?

A very reasonable question! While it’s true that the oil which goes into your engine is clean, as it starts to wear out it starts to break down, allowing small particles and impurities to travel through your oil supply lines where they can accumulate in your engine and affect your engine performance. In addition to this, as it starts to wear down its ability to protect your engine parts is reduced, leaving each part to cause damage such as grinding away small shards of metal. Again, these travel through your oil supply lines and through your engine. While you might not like the idea that you can’t keep your engine in pristine condition, the above is the definition of general engine wear.

I Don't Like It, but I Accept It! Tell Me About How the Oil Filter Works

It’s the role of your oil filter to do its best to catch each and every one of these impurities and prevent them from circulating throughout your engine. A very simple way to think about it is to imagine a soda can. At the top is a hole with a hose to allow oil in. At the bottom is another hole designed to allow oil to flow out. In the middle of the soda can is a fibrous sponge type object. As you drive, oil enters through the top hole at such high pressure that it is pressed through the sponge and comes out of the bottom hole and hose. While it makes its way through the middle of the sofa can, the sponge does its job to remove any nasty elements before allows clean oil to leave and be sent back through to your engine. A basic job, but definitely an important one.

I Think I Know What You're About to Say

Yep - as you can guess, once the sponge becomes so full of debris that it can’t operate any longer, it stops working. Hence your mechanic changing it. After all, you wouldn't wake up and use the same coffee filter each morning, would you?

Replacing Your Oil Filter Is the Perfect Time for a Synthetic Oil Change in Vero Beach, FL

As you can see, your oil filter is being replaced for a very good reason. However, this isn't to say that it has to be your mechanic who replaces it. Speak with Willburner at (772) 770-3448 to get a high-quality replacement engine fluid and perform your own vehicle maintenance. If you prefer, the online store has the full range of products available with additional information on each one.

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 Vero Beach, FL, 32962
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