Trinity Automotive would like to discuss the importance of changing the oil filter regularly. The oil filter cleans the motor oil after it has circulated through the engine. In other words, the oil is dirty and the filter traps all of the dirt. Unfortunately, if you fail to have your oil filter changed every 3,000 miles, it will clog. When this happens, you may experience one or more of the following problems.
Poor Engine Performance
The motor oil cannot be cleaned by a dirty oil filter. Consequently, the oil will circulate through the engine carrying the dirt that it picked up during the last circulation. When this happens, grime starts to build up on the moving engine parts and affects their functionality. As such, you will notice a reduction in your engine’s performance.
Running Hotter Than Normal
In addition, the engine will run hotter than it normally does because it is dirty. This is not the only reason for the temperature increase, however. The motor oil also draws heat away from the engine to help the coolant keep it cool. When the motor oil is dirty, it does not draw the heat away from the engine.
Reduction in the Fuel Efficiency
These engine performance issues are going to reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, there is no way around this. Any time the engine is running inefficiently, it will use up the diesel fuel or gasoline more quickly. As such, you will find yourself needing to fill the tank more often.
Reduction in the Oil Pressure
The engine is also going to suffer from a reduction in the oil pressure. As the oil filter gets dirtier and dirtier, it will slow down the circulation of the motor oil. When this happens, the oil pressure is reduced and the oil light is turned on on the dashboard.
Grinding or Clanking Noises
A reduction in the oil pressure means that the engine is not getting enough oil. Consequently, you may start to hear grinding, clanking, or other metallic noises coming from the engine. When this happens, we recommend that you stop driving your vehicle and have it towed to our shop. These noises indicate that the engine is without oil.
Excess Exhaust Hydrocarbons
Finally, the dirty engine will also release excess hydrocarbons in your vehicle’s exhaust. If you are in an area where you need to have the emissions tested, your automobile will not pass the test.