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Why Changing the Oil Filter Is Crucial to the Health of Your Engine

Extra Mile Tire Pros would be happy to change your automobile’s oil when it needs it. This service is recommended every 3,000 miles. Part of an oil change is replacing the oil filter to make sure it can keep the motor oil that circulates through your engine free of dirt and debris. Unfortunately, if you fail to change your motor oil when it needs it, the oil filter could get clogged and cause serious engine damage. Let’s talk more about this below.

Iffy Engine Performance

Rather than flowing through the oil filter before it circulates through the engine, the motor oil runs through the filter after it circulates through the engine so the filter can remove the dirt that it picks up. If the oil filter is clogged, it will not be able to clean the oil. Consequently, your engine’s performance will suffer because the oil will deposit grime throughout the engine that impedes its efficiency.

Reduced Fuel Economy

Anytime the engine is not running efficiently there will be a reduction in your vehicle’s gas mileage. Even when the engine is sputtering, which can happen with a clogged oil filter, the engine uses more fuel than normal in order to produce power. Consequently, you will find yourself filling the tank more often. This is more expensive than having the oil changed every 3,000 miles.

Reduced Oil Pressure

Another thing that will be reduced is the oil pressure. This is the pressure at which the oil circulates through the engine. This, too, can affect your engine’s performance because it will not have the normal amount of oil running through it. Consequently, your engine is going to run hotter and, again, sputter. Your vehicle’s main computer chip will turn on the oil light if the oil pressure is too low.

Strange Engine Noises

You may also start to hear strange noises coming from the engine, and this is the point at which the engine is being damaged. The oil filter can get so clogged that the oil cannot make its way through it. Consequently, you will be driving your automobile without any motor oil circulating through the engine. When this happens, you will hear metallic noises in the engine.

Finally, Extra Mile Tire Pros in Milton, GA, advises that a dirty engine produces excess hydrocarbons in your vehicle’s exhaust. If the oil filter is dirty, the oil is dirty. Make sure to keep the oil and oil filter in your engine clean. Call us today to schedule an oil change.

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