What Happens if You Skip Oil Changes?

Is it really important for you to get oil changes as often as everyone says you should? It turns out that there are a lot of very good reasons for you to make sure you’re getting oil changes on the proper schedule. Here are some tips from SpringMasters Auto Repair to help you understand what’s at stake.

Gas Mileage Suffers

Keeping your car’s engine running efficiently is a lot easier to do when you’re getting consistent oil changes. That’s because engine oil protects and cools the engine, making sure that it’s able to run the way that it’s supposed to and burn fuel exactly as the engineers designed it to do. That’s why when there are problems anywhere in the engine, from the oil to other issues, you’re most likely to notice that gas mileage suffers first.

Engine Wear Builds Up

Engine oil protects your car’s engine on multiple levels. So when you make the decision to skip oil changes more often than you should, the engine experiences more wear and tear than it was designed to experience. That might mean that some parts wear out faster than they’re supposed to. That damage, over time, compounds and becomes a bigger problem for you.

The Engine Is More Likely to Overheat

Because of what engine oil does, old oil that is dirty and broken down just can’t keep up. What ends up happening is that even with a functioning coolant system the engine might be more prone to overheating. And if the cooling system isn’t working well, that puts even more pressure on engine oil to help keep the engine cool. 

Engine Failure Is Possible

The biggest problem is likely to happen if you really ignore all the warning signs that your car’s engine sends your way. Skipping oil changes too often, for too long, can very easily lead to engine failure. That’s a huge expense and may involve rebuilding or completely replacing the engine. If you can head that off by simply getting the car’s oil changed on a regular basis, that is a lot more appealing for most car owners.

Need help with your car’s engine or with staying on track with oil changes? SpringMasters Auto Repair in Stickney, IL can help. Contact us today and we’ll make sure that your car’s oil is changed and that all is well elsewhere in the engine. We can also remind you when it’s time for your next oil change so that you don’t inadvertently skip it.

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