What Happens if You Don't Change Your Oil?

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Everyone knows that regular car oil changes are important, but most drivers in Dunlap and Bartonville lead busy lives. If you’ve been putting off that much-needed service, you might ask yourself “Well, what happens if you don’t change your oil at all?” The answer isn’t pretty! From dirty sludge to empty oil, your engine will be in a dire state if you don’t tend to its needs. Let’s go into the importance of regular maintenance and find out what happens if you don’t get your oil changed:

Why Do I Need Motor Oil?

Your engine contains a lot of moving parts that generate tons of heat. When you introduce fresh motor oil into the system, this oil lubricates the different pieces and allows them to move smoothly, reducing the overall heat production in the process. Old oil thickens and congests the engine’s mechanics, and low oil levels can cause the engine to overheat significantly.

How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

In the past, technicians recommended an oil change every 3,000 miles or so. But today’s technology has really changed the auto game, and now vehicles can generally go from 7,500 to 10,000 miles before an oil change is needed. Not sure what to do? Check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends!

Can I Change Oil Myself?

Before you begin, check your owner’s manual for guidance. Your manual should tell you what type of oil you need for optimal performance. And then, follow these steps:

  1. Look for the oil filter and remove drain plug.
  2. Drain your current oil completely.
  3. Replace the oil filter and put the cap back on.
  4. Slowly fill reservoir with fresh oil until you reach the right level.
  5. You’re good to go! 
Dirty Oil Filter

Schedule Your Oil Change in Peoria Today! 

If you’re in the Galesburg area, swing by Peoria to take care of your oil change on the spot. Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Peoria is proud to employ some of the most talented technicians in the area in our service department, so feel free to schedule your service online or check out our service tips! Still have questions about maintenance? Contact our service team at any time!

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