What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

Taking care of your Chevrolet is a full-time responsibility. At our Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission service center near Kansas City, we’re often asked, “What happens if you don’t change your oil?” After all, what’s the worst that could happen? As you drive your Chevrolet, your motor oil breaks down and lubricates your engine less effectively, leading to premature wear and overheating.

This is caused by an increase in friction, which can lead to a dramatic increase in temperature and even serious damage to your engine. Learn more about the importance of regular oil changes with our Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission experts below.

The Mechanical Risks of Delaying Oil Changes

You never want to learn what happens if you don’t get your oil changed from firsthand experience. As we mentioned previously, without regularly-scheduled oil changes, your engine’s components won’t receive the lubrication they need, and metal parts will be exposed to more bare metal parts.

This increased friction causes a rise in temperature, your engine will run less efficiently, and will cause premature wear to your engine. Driven long enough without an oil change, certain components can warp and even seize together – rendering your vehicle inoperable. That means going without an oil change for long enough, you run the risk of total engine failure. At this point, you’re looking at thousands of dollars worth of repairs.

The Risk to Your Warranty Coverage

Is your car still covered by its original factory warranty? If you don’t get regularly scheduled oil changes, your repairs will likely not be covered. While warranty coverage is a major perk to purchasing a brand-new vehicle, most warranty plans ensure you keep up with regular maintenance.

What Does Motor Oil Do?

Motor oil doesn’t just act as a lubricant to prevent wear and tear to your engine’s parts. It also has the following important jobs:

  • Some motor oils have dispersants in them to help keep the engine clean of combustion residue, aka sludge.
  • Motor oil also acts as a coolant to keep your engine running at optimum temperatures.
  • Frequently replenished motor oil helps neutralize acids that can accumulate from fuel combustion, improving the longevity of piston rings.

How Often Do I Need An Oil Change?

With modern advancement in engine and oil technology, most drivers in Overland Park can drive between 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes without any issues. While it’s a good rule of thumb, it’s always best to consult your owner’s manual for more information on your vehicle’s exact maintenance schedule.

Also worth noting: your individual driving habits may call for more frequent oil changes, such as long daily commutes, or heavy-duty use like off-roading and towing.

Schedule An Oil Change in Greensboro Today!

Don’t let yourself find out what happens if you don’t get your oil changed the hard way. Schedule an oil change appointment at Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission with our team today. We’ll help you keep your Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission running strong for years to come.

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