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If oil in car feels like grains little Stuff in it . What does that mean

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There are two variables that play a role in when you need to change your oil. The first is the actual resistance to degradation of the oil itself. In other words how pure the oil has remained, what outside liquids such as water, other oils etc have entered into the system etc.

modern synthetics and modern oils in general have drastically lengthened the reported interval necessary between oil changes, in the past oil changes were commonly performed every 3-5 thousand miles depending on driving condititons and envirnment, now those intervals are pushed way out to 20+ thousand miles. Usually ithis is done as a selling point for the vehicle to help advertise the low maintenece aspect of the car.

The problem with these high intervals is that evne though thte oil itself is still vialble, there is never gonig ot be a solution that affects the amount of naturatal friction and metallic particle and solid loss that enters the oil. it will always become an issue every couple thousand miles.

The grains of little stuff you feel is actually microscopic etchings of the engine that have been shaved off due to friction, they can also be contaminates or other foreign bodies. This is bad for a number of reasons, mainly it travels around the engine with the oil itself and contributes to premature wear and damage.

It isn't the end of the world but you should consider having your oild chaned more frequently.
Aslo you should seriously consider having a sample of your oil analyzed. This is affairly commmon practice among car guys and it lets you know generally what kindof shape your engine is in and what if anythign may be wrong based on the finding pulled from the oil sample

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