Why do you need to lubricate your car?

Why do you need to lubricate your car?

June 22, 2018

All cars need a little TLC. The simplest form of love you can show your car is choosing the best oil for your car. Takumi Motor Oil has applied the best and advanced technology Japan has to offer to craft superior high-quality engine oil. Only the best for our cars.

Why do you need to lubricate your car?

A lot happens in the engine. Pistons are moving, heat is generated and combustion is happening to provide power. Oil is used to lubricate the engine and provide protection, thermal stability, sealing functions and clean the engine.


Traditionally engine oil is used to lubricate the internal components of an engine. By lubricating the engine, the oil protects the engine. Through advancement in technology, the performance of the oil improved more than to just lubricate the engine. There are five important functions for engine oil that benefit a car. They include:

- Lubrication – coating and covering the engine provides a protective layer.

- Cooling - Lubricating oil creates a separating film between surfaces of adjacent moving parts to minimize direct contact between them, decreasing heat caused by friction and reducing wear, thus protecting the engine.

- Sealing – this aids in maintaining a constant pressure in the engine. As the oil coats the engine, it fills in the gap between the piston and cylinder creating a sealing function.

- Cleaning - Many motor oils also have detergents and dispersants added to help keep the engine clean and minimize oil sludge build-up. The oil can trap soot from combustion, rather than leaving it deposited on the internal surfaces. It is a combination of this, and some singeing that turns used oil black after some running.

- Anti-corrosion - coating metal parts with oil also keeps them from being exposed to oxygen, inhibiting oxidation at elevated operating temperatures preventing rust or corrosion. Corrosion inhibitors may also be added to the motor oil.

Apart from the five important functions, motor oil also performs a variety of tasks: separating and lubricating moving parts, reducing engine wear, helping to prevent deposits from forming on internal engine components, removing and suspending dirt and contaminants in the oil until these contaminants can be removed at the next oil change, cooling engine parts, enhancing engine fuel economy, providing protection over a wide temperature range, and even helping to protect the emissions system.

Taking care of your car should start at the heart of the car, the engine. Remember a little goes a long way. Keep up with regular services. Older cars are recommended to get a service done every 5000-10000km. Newer cars are recommended every 15000km. If you aren’t sure, check your service log book.