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Most Honda owners near Harlingen, TX know that oil changes are a necessary part of car ownership, but why that is and what actually occurs during the oil change remains elusive to most drivers. Here at our Honda service center, one of the main things we do is educate local drivers on how service is done and why it is necessary. As the oil change is one of the most common types of service performed, we’d like to share everything we know about this procedure.

Why Do You Have to Change Your Oil?

Over time, the motor oil in your Honda Civic breaks down. When this occurs, the oil loses its effectiveness and can no longer properly protect your engine. Motor oil is designed to both lubricate an engine’s moving parts, and carry combustion byproducts away from the pistons and cylinders in your engine. As a car is driven, the level of contamination in the motor oil increases over time. If the oil is not changed, the additives are used up and oil itself can start to oxidize or thicken. At that point, the oil can no longer do its job and must be changed. If you drive a recent model year, you can change your oil every 7,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. However, if you drive an older model, you should air on the side of safety and have an oil change performed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Conventional Vs. Synthetic Oil

One of the major decisions that drivers face when getting their oil changed is whether they want conventional or synthetic oil in their Honda Civic. Synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil, but it uses a higher quality base oil than conventional oils. It offers greater engine wear protection, it keeps your engine cleaner, it flows better in low temperatures, and it protects the engine better at high temperatures.

To get the oil changed in your Honda Civic, schedule an appointment with the professionals at our Honda service center.

Categories: Parts, Service