What Happens To Your Car When You Miss An Oil Change

When we get our driver’s license, someone in our family usually teaches us basic car maintenance – how to check your tire pressure, fluid levels, meaning of dashboard lights etc. And of course to keep up with routine oil changes. The old rule of thumb was every 3,000 miles, but because of advancements in motor oil over the years, and engines becoming more efficient, that rule has loosened a bit depending on the oil used and the car. But what happens when you skip an oil change all together, or go far beyond when you should? Here is what happens: 


The most common issue that happens when you aren’t changing your oil regularly is that the parts of your engine that the oil lubricates will become too hot. As a result, parts in your engine will wear out quicker and will warp. These parts will still be trying to do their job, with more friction, creating heat, causing the engine to overheat. 


Without changing your oil, the viscosity of the oil changes. The oil will become thicker and thicker, making it harder for your engine to do its job. Once this happens, it is only a matter of time until your engine no longer has enough oil and ceases up. Repairing this can cost thousands of dollars, causing some permanent damage at times. Usually this results in having to purchase a new vehicle. A simple oil change would avoid this huge headache. 

Grinding and Wear 

Ensuring you get regular oil changes is a savior for your engine. As the engine pumps each day, if there isn’t enough lubrication on the parts, it will result in the grinding of parts against each other (over and over again). This breaks down engine parts, and ruins your engine. Another sign that you are very over due for an oil change are knocking noises and sludge-like oil. If you hear a banging sound from your engine area upon start up or while driving, it is an oil issue. Also, if you check your oil and it comes out on the rod in a dark, mud-like look and consistency, this is a sign to change your oil immediately. 

The simplest way to know it’s time for an oil change is not to wait for any of these issues to arise, and do not wait for the Oil Change light to appear on the dash either. Keep track of the mileage on your car since your last oil change. Being proactive will be the best way to keep your car running smoothly.