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Why is it a good idea to change your engine oil regularly?

Why is it a good idea to change your engine oil regularly?

If you are a car enthusiast, you already know that motor oil is crucial to the engine's lubrication system. In that sense, you will find many articles explaining the best types of motor oil, their characteristics, and their advantages. This is not that kind of article. Today we will address a topic that many car owners overlook, the impact of engine sludge on the value of their cars.

What is oil sludge?

Let's start by defining the problem, oil sludge. In simple terms, oil sludge is a viscous substance that tends to stick to the internal parts of the engine. Mechanically, oil sludge buildup is often disastrous. This is because oil sludge can easily clog oil passages, resulting in low oil pressure which in turn often leads to major engine failure. 

Put it simply, oil sludge → severe engine damage → noticeable loss of resale value of your car.

What causes engine sludge?

Among the common causes of engine sludge buildup are contamination of engine oil and/or engine coolant, low motor oil level, poor quality of engine oil, improper motor oil viscosity, and, as you might guess from the title of the article, neglecting oil change in a timely manner.

Put another way, just by performing routine maintenance; you can minimize engine sludge.

Maximizing the value of your car

Now, let's review the situation. Depending on the area where you live, the type of oil recommended by your car manufacturer, and the engine type, an oil change can cost you between $35 and $125. On the other hand, a new engine ranges between $4,000 and $8,000, and a used one costs between $400 and $1,000. It is recommended to change the motor oil at least twice a year, so we are talking about $250 a year versus spending between $400 and $8,000 (not including labor). Needless to say which is the most convenient option, right?

Now think about it for a second. If you want to sell your car, then engine sludge is your enemy. Anyone with a basic understanding of auto mechanics will check the engine oil or remove the valve cover to check for oil sludge. What do you think will happen if your car has sludge? Right, the price you expect to sell your car will go to the bottom.

For all of the above, at Carbingo, we strongly recommend changing your engine oil regularly to prevent engine damage, but above all, because oil sludge brings down the value of your car. In fact, as part of our inspection, we always check for engine sludge. This ensures that we only sell vehicles in excellent condition.

Be smart; preventing oil sludge is easy; you just need to change your oil regularly. If you don't do it for technical reasons, at least do it to keep the value of your vehicle.