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Don’t skip your oil change, even during inflation

WACO, Texas (KWTX) — With the cost of everything on the rise, auto shop owners in central Texas say more and more people are arriving well past their oil change dates.

“We should always maintain our oil change because breaking down the oil in hot weather like today can be very costly,” said Fred Deleon, owner of Fred’s Auto Repair.

Chad Trail, owners of Texas Star Auto Repair, said for most cars, it’s best to have an oil change after 6,000 miles. Delaying regular maintenance too long could mean replacing engine cylinders or even the entire engine.

“New cars take full synthetic oil,” Trail said. “We charge $34.99 for an oil change. $34.99 versus $7,000 to $10,000 for a new engine. »

Hot weather makes changing the oil especially important. Expensive engine parts expand at higher temperatures.

Oil changes ensure the cylinders stay lubricated to keep your vehicle moving.

“You need extra lube and clean lube to make sure those pistons move smoothly in the cylinder,” Trail said.

Skipping an oil change may not be worth it in the long run, it could even lower your car’s miles per gallon, which means spending more money at the pump.

“It wouldn’t be in your best interest in a long-term situation,” Deleon said.

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