What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?


Life in Salem gets hectic, and this can often lead to missing an oil change or two. But is that a good idea? Oil changes are a crucial component of your overall vehicle maintenance routine, and neglecting them will lead to serious issues. Find out what happens if you don’t change your oil, and then schedule your next oil change with the service center at Lum's GMC.



What Does Motor Oil Do?

Motor oil serves as an engine lubricant, and it functions to:

  • Reduce wear and tear on moving parts due to friction
  • Clean sludge from the engine
  • Clean varnish from the engine
  • Neutralize acids that form from fuels
  • Improve piston ring seals
  • Cool the engine by moving heat away

Of course, motor oil breaks down over time, becoming less effective at lubricating the engine. This leads to more friction, which in turn increases the engine temperature. When an engine gets too hot, serious damage can occur, including excessive wear and tear and warped components. With regular oil changes, such consequences can easily be avoided, keeping your vehicle running smoothly on the Salem streets.

How Often Should You Change Your Car’s Oil?

In order to avoid what happens if you don’t get your oil changed, make sure to visit the Lum's GMC service center at regular intervals. Most cars can go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes these days, but make sure to check your owner’s manual for more precise mileage recommendations. Please also keep in mind that your driving habits and Newberg road and weather conditions also influence your oil change frequency.

Additional Car Care Tips

Sticking to an oil change schedule is a surefire way to maintain your vehicle’s overall health. Consider the following tips as well:

  • Check your oil levels once a month. Doing so will help you to keep tabs on your vehicle’s oil status and alert you if oil is running low.
  • Use the proper oil for your vehicle. Your owner’s manual should indicate whether your vehicle requires conventional oil or synthetic oil.
  • Get your oil changed even if you don’t drive your vehicle often. As previously mentioned, motor oil breaks down over time, which means it needs to be changed regularly regardless.

Trust the Team at Lum's GMC for Your Maintenance

Now that you’re aware of what happens if you don’t change your oil, you’re one step closer to knowing how to maintain your vehicle’s health. Find out about other service tips and tricks from our service center, and let us turn you into an DIY automotive healthcare expert.


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