What Does Oil Do?

oilRoutine maintenance on your vehicle is just that—routine. So it isn’t often you think about why something needs to be done. Some drivers simply follow their owner’s manual while others listen to the advice of friends and family. One important part of routine maintenance is changing the oil regularly. This is an extremely important part of owning a car, yet many owners aren’t sure what oil does. We at Friendly Ford are here to answer that question: just what does oil do?

Oil works in three ways to keep the engine operating smoothly. First, it helps keep the metal parts that are constantly mashing together lubricated to prevent any damage to the engine. It also carries away any dirt, grime, and metal shavings between parts.

Second, the engine is constantly setting off very small, contained explosions within its cylinders. That generates a lot of heat; oil helps to remove some of that heat and heat caused by friction between the moving parts.

Third, it keeps carbon and varnishes from building up in the engine. A very expensive engine cleaning is the only effective way to remove carbon and varnish build up. The worst that can happen if you don’t change your oil is your engine could seize up entirely. Trust us; that’s not a bill you want to pay!

Guess the Score

We’ve been waiting all year for this and it’s finally back. In the Chicago area, we’re not just talking about the NFL season. Let’s make that clear. We’re talking about Bears season. We’re giving you, our dear Facebook fans, a chance to win a free oil change every week by guessing the score of Da Bears game that week on our Facebook page.

Friendly Ford will be running a Guess the Score contest on our Facebook timeline every week of the NFL season, except for of course the Bears bye week. So give us your best guess of the final score of that week’s Bears game. The person that is able to guess the score correctly will win a free oil change. Please limit guesses to one per person. If there are multiple guesses correct, the person who guessed first will win. If no one guesses correctly, no one wins. The guess must include the score for both teams participating so we know which team scored what.

Friendly Ford is hoping for the Bears can go deep into the playoffs this year. Some join in on the fun every week on our Facebook page. We still have a full season ahead of us so be on the lookout for the Guess the Score posts each win and give us your best guess. Good luck and go Bears!