Is It Bad To Wait For An Oil Change?

Your engine oil is beginning to break down and wear out over time. This allows the oil to become increasingly less efficient in lubricating and absorbing heat. If your oil continues to run unchanged through your engine, you will begin to face a laundry list of problems.

In fact, if you wait too long for an oil change, your smooth, clean oil will turn into dirty sludge. If this happens, the engine will have to work harder to fight through the buildup of the muck. It loses its lubrication and reduces the absorption of heat. This means that your car is going to be vulnerable to major issues.

Not changing the oil of your car will lead to:

Voiding Your Car Warranty – Especially if you purchased your car brand new. It is vital to make sure your oil is changed based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. Failing so will totally void your car’s warranty and leave your car without help when anything major occurs.

Warped Engine Components – Because heat is no longer being extracted and there is practically no lubrication. The engine components will begin to fight, force, and grind against each other. That will lead to warping the parts in your engine which will cause the engine to seize. Sadly, there is no fix to this and usually results in a full engine replacement. 

Blown Head Gasket – A blown head gasket will stop you in your tracks. Fixing a blown head gasket can be a costly repair, depending on the age and value of your vehicle. Many times, you may need to replace the engine if this happens. 

Engine Running Inefficiently – In addition to lubrication, your engine oil also keeps your engine clean. Additives that carry dirt and debris are stuck in a filter that is also replaced during an oil change. This could lead to a decrease in driving efficiency and engine power.

Complete Engine Failure – If you’re going long enough without a change in oil, it could cost you a car. When the engine oil has become sludge, it no longer extracts heat from the engine. This can lead to a full shutdown of the engine that would involve a whole new engine-or a new ride-to be repaired.

If you prolong your oil change long enough, your entire engine will finally lock up and need to be replaced. Of course, this fix could cost thousands of dollars. Many times, when the engine shuts down, a lot of people sell their cars to the scrap yard and purchase a new vehicle.

These are, of course, very frightening.  From overheating to canceling your car’s warranty, your oil change is vital to the overall protection and longevity of your vehicle. Lucky for you, oil change continues to be one of the cheapest and fastest maintenance services available.

Traditionally, the rule of thumb has been to service your car every 3,000 miles or every three months (whatever comes first). Now, most of the cars are smart enough to tell you when an oil change is needed, and many people just get their vehicle in when the sensor is triggered. But what if you miss the notification? Or don’t you find it right away? Or, can’t you trust your vehicle to be as smart as a certified technician? Although automated alerts are a helpful reminder, technicians advise you to obey the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, if you have extenuating circumstances, it is still best to maintain the ‘3,000 miles/three-month rule’ for maximum vehicle performance.

Aside from more powerful cars, more efficient oils are now usable. Synthetic oil is more expensive — approximately twice the price — but it can almost double the period between oil adjustments. Synthetic oil also has other advantages. When tested under cooling conditions, synthetic oil is better able to stand up to the cold and ease the start-up of vehicles that minimize engine wear.

Efficient vehicles and synthetic oil will help you gain more mileage between services, but there are still other considerations to consider when reducing the frequency of oil changes:

  • Filter – Synthetic oil may allow for longer intervals between oil changes, but your vehicle may not be designed for that. Consider your filter. You may need oil changes more frequently to prevent clogging or further damage.
  • Fluids – If you wait to have your car serviced, those fluids won’t be checked. You’ll either need to remember to refill them on your own, or you could run the risk of running out in between oil changes.
  • Oil – If you stretch the intervals between service, check the oil periodically. It’s normal for even new vehicles to burn oil. If the oil gets too low, make sure to top it off to avoid engine damage.

Are You Looking for an Oil Change Shop You Can Trust?

If you’re considering making a change to an independent auto repair mechanic trusted by thousands of happy customers, look no further than autoTECH Blackhawk. Why? We differ from other automotive repair shops because we are a relationship shop. This means that the more of your car repair needs we support you with, the better able we are to customize our recommendations based on your driving habits and needs. Whether you want to keep the daily driver in ‘good enough’ condition, style your new car so that it’s customized just for you, maintain your favorite car in ‘like new’ condition, or even train your whole family to be more knowledgeable about cars – we partner with you to ensure that your cars meet your needs. We also offer an industry-leading 3-Year/36,000 mile warranty, so we only use Original Equipment and manufacturer recommended products. Contact us now to book your no-contact, friendly appointment! We truly value your trust and your business, so thank you for staying local with your auto repair needs.

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