Oil Change – Why Do I Need It? | EXPLAINED

Do you need an oil change? Not exactly an automotive expert? Our new ‘EXPLAINED’ series details a slew of common automotive questions and answers. You don’t have to be an expert, but knowing a little bit could save you time and money. Today…oil changes!


What is an Oil Change?

An oil change is the process of removing and replacing the viscous fluid- otherwise known as oil- that runs through an internal combustion engine (aka the type of engine in a vehicle).

The parts inside the engine move incredibly fast, which generates both friction and heat. Engine oil provides lubrication, which allows the parts to work together effectively without overheating or seizing. Think about it like cooking: If you forget to add oil your food sticks to the pan. Add oil and it no longer sticks!


Why Do I Need it?

Unless you drive a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) your vehicle is likely powered by an internal combustion engine, which requires oil. Over time, the fast-moving parts breakdown the oil and lessen its ability to absorb heat and lubricate the engine. That’s why your vehicle actually NEEDS to have its oil changed! If you continue to use the same oil your engine has a very good chance of overheating or simply seizing all together. The new oil from an oil change allows the engine to run smoother, cleaner and safer.

How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

It depends on many factors, including what kind of vehicle you drive, how often do you drive, and whether you drive the vehicle hard. To avoid confusion, car manufacturers have created standardized kilometer-based intervals. Every manufacturer creates unique schedules, but changing your oil every 5,000km to 8,000km will never hurt. At WallaceChev, we recommend a visit every 8,000kms!

How Do I Book An Oil Change?

Text us: 905-320-9289
Call us: 905-878-2354
Book it online yourself:

By: Drew Singer
Communications Manager
Wallace Chevrolet