What happens if you don't change your oil? - V&F Auto Inc

What happens if you don’t change your oil?

A lot of drivers rely on mileage to gauge when their oil needs to be replaced. But sometimes life gets in the way of meeting those recommended oil change milestones. So, how far can you really push it? We’ve got answers.

What happens if you don’t change your oil?

Clean oil is a translucent, amber color that turns darker as it gets old and becomes filled with debris. If you check your dipstick regularly, you'll notice as this change in coloration starts to happen— if you can't see the dipstick through the oil, it is time for an oil change. Typically, we recommend checking your engine oil at least once a month. If old oil is not changed in a timely fashion, it will begin to solidify, eventually turning into a sludge-like material. As the oil turns to gel, it can’t move through the parts of the engine that need it. This lack of oil is often called “oil starvation” and leads to huge mechanical issues in the crankshafts, bearings, camshafts, and other valve train components.

How often should I get an oil change?

You should always refer to your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended mileage intervals, oil type, and other specifications for your car’s oil change. Most mechanics recommend changing your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or so to avoid major engine troubles. If you have an older engine, live in an area with temperature extremes, or tend to drive at high speeds, you’ll need to have your oil changed more often.
Oil Change And Lube Services At V&F. 

At V&F

Arguably, an oil change is the most important maintenance service for your vehicle. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule is key to maintaining your engine health, and retaining your vehicle’s resale value. At V&F, our team of experts is skilled at servicing all makes and models of vehicles. You can trust us to keep your vehicle in the fast lane, and not on the side of the road. Keep your engine clean with our quality oil and oil filter changes. Call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online. Schedule Service

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