Changing your oil can be costly, especially if you’re changing it every 3,000 miles, which is too often. Most automakers recommend changing your oil around every 7,500 miles or six months. That’s better than the 3,000 mile rule (which, again, is obsolete) but it can still cost a pretty penny, for a good reason. We here at Joseph Auto know why you need to change your oil!
Oil plays three roles within the engine, each as important as the last. First, oil lubricates the metal parts that are constantly grinding against one another so they don’t take damage. Second, oil carries away heat generated by the constant explosions within the engine itself. Lastly, oil prevents the buildup of carbon and varnishes.
If you don’t change your oil, you’re going to have a very bad time in the future.
Without fresh oil, your engine will eventually see a lot of carbon and varnishes building up around the cooler parts, like the camshafts and valves. That can lead to sludge coming out of the old oil which can only be cleared out by an expensive engine cleaning.
Even worse, you could have to replace the piston rings, camshafts, or pistons altogether.
Toyota introduced the rugged Tacoma back in 2005 and since then it’s ruled the midsize pickup segment on- and off-road. Now, with General Motors and Chevrolet reintroducing their midsize pickups, the Tacoma’s getting an update. Toyota Tacoma sales haven’t been bad, even with the reintroduction of two large brand pickups, but the automaker isn’t taking any chances.
Tacoma sales were up 28.6% over July 2014 and sold more units than every competitor combined. That includes the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, and Honda Ridgeline.
In all, the Tacoma sold just over 17,000 units in July 2015, bringing the year-to-date total to 105,984. Compared to last year, that’s almost a 20% increase.
The Canyon and Colorado sold 2,654 and 7,209 units respectively. They’re still a long way from matching the Tacoma sale for sale, with just under 60,000 units separating the Colorado from the Tacoma.
Still, Toyota’s giving the Tacoma a long overdue redesign for the 2016 model year. With a decade in its current design and new competition, a new look could be good. Word has it the new Tacoma will also see more off-roading features meant to appeal to a younger audience.
We here at Hurlbert Toyota are ecstatic to get behind the wheel of the new off-road-ready Tacoma!