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What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

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Life can get crazy in Knoxville, and getting your oil changed on time can fall to the wayside. So, what happens if you don’t get your oil changed? The motor oil in your vehicle slowly breaks down and becomes less effective at lubricating the moving parts of your Indianola vehicle. If these parts aren’t properly lubricated, then an increase in friction may occur, causing increased wear and tear and, potentially, warped components. Learn more about the importance of keeping up your vehicle’s regular maintenance with the service team at DeYarman Automotive Group.



What is the Purpose of Motor Oil?

While motor oil lubricates your engine, it does a few other things as well. The job of motor oil is crucial, and it’s really the lifeblood of your machine. The main role of motor oil is to reduce wear and tear on moving parts due to friction, but it also is designed to clean sludge from the engine. The detergents in motor oil clean varnish from the engine as well. Also, when it’s changed on time, it can help neutralize acids that form from fuels, improve piston ring seals, and cool the engine by moving heat away.

How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

Nowadays, drivers can go between 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services. Keep in mind that every driver has different habits and every vehicle is different, so you’ll want to look into your owner’s manual for specifics regarding your model. If you drive long distances every day, for instance, you may need an oil change more frequently.

How to Perform an Oil Change at Home in Pella

Find out what kind of oil your vehicle needs (in your owner’s manual), then follow these steps:

  1. Jack your car up with jack stands or steel ramps.
  2. Find the oil drain plug on the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine. Place an oil basin directly underneath the plug, unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely for up to 15 minutes. Once all the oil has drained, you can replace the plug.
  3. Locate your oil filter and remove it with an oil filter wrench. There will probably be a bit of extra oil that drains out when you remove the filter, so keep the basin underneath to catch it.
  4. Grab your new filter and rub a bit of oil around the edges of the rubber seal – this ensures your filter is watertight and is an essential step.
  5. Set the new filter in place and tighten it by hand.
  6. Now that your old oil is completely drained and a new filter is in place, you can remove your oil cap. Pour in the specified amount of new oil, (find information in your owner’s manual). Then, replace the oil cap.
  7. Before you call it a job well done, you should check your oil level by pulling out the dipstick. If you’re still low, you may add another ounce and check the level again.

Visit DeYarman Automotive Group for Oil Change Service & More

Now that you know the purpose of an oil change and what happens if you don’t change your oil, you should be better equipped to care for your Indianola vehicle. If you prefer a professional to handle your service needs, simply schedule an appointment at our Knoxville service center! If you still have questions, feel free to contact our service team, and we’ll be happy to help! You can explore more service tips in the meantime.


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