Just as the human body needs blood running through the veins to stay alive, so does motor oil in your vehicle’s engine. Motor oil provides lubrication to prevent internal parts from rubbing metal to metal, prevents overheating of internal components not cooled by the coolant, and prevents corrosion of essential engine components.
Several different types of engine oils exist to keep all kinds of engines running smoothly. However, the most common engine oils are conventional, synthetic blend, and full synthetic oils. At Sun Auto Service, we get all kinds of questions about vehicles, particularly “how often do I need an oil change?” The answer really depends on the kind of oil your vehicle requires. Below are our recommendations on the frequency of oil changes based on the oil type. To determine what kind of oil your vehicle requires, refer to your owner’s manual.
What Happens if I Overfill My Oil?
You know that engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and can’t survive without it. Believe it or not, when it comes to oil, too much good can be bad. The crankshaft that drives the engine’s pistons is situated above the oil reservoir at the bottom of the oil pan. To move lubricant, a pump pressurizes and draws it up from the pan to be pumped into internal areas. Adding too much oil to the engine can raise the level of the oil in the pan enough to where the crankshaft makes a considerable amount of contact with oil in the pan. Because of its speedy nature, it can turn the oil from a liquid into a foamy froth like your morning latte, preventing it from siphoning or distribution.
This starves the engine from the much-needed lubricant, which can result in serious damage. Often an overfilled oil reservoir makes your car’s oil pressure gauge behave unusually, letting you know that not enough oil is being pumped through the engine, particularly if the gauge needle is moving back and forth rapidly. If you believe your engine has been overfilled with oil, do not attempt to drive for more than a couple of miles. Pull over, check the oil level, drain the lubricant if you are able, or take it to a repair shop right away.