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What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

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It happens to all of us; the oil change signal comes on, and we make a mental note to schedule a service appointment only to forget. When it slips our minds, we might not follow up. But it’s crucial for your car, truck, or SUV to get an oil change. Therefore, some Addison car owners may ask, “What happens when you do not change your oil?” 

At Sunrise Chevrolet, we cover what happens if you don’t get your oil changed and the importance of consistent oil changes. We cover it all with our expert advice. Contact us online, by phone, or visit us in-store.

What Does Motor Oil Do?

To understand the importance of an oil change, you need to know what motor oil does for your vehicle. Motor oil is an engine lubricant that does the following to Carol Stream cars:

  • Motor oil reduces wear and tear on moving parts caused by friction.
  • Motor oil with dispersants cleans sludge from the engine.
  • Detergents in motor oil help clean varnish from the engine.
  • When regularly changing motor oil, it helps neutralize acids that form from fuels, improves piston ring seals, and cools the engine down.

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

Oil change frequencies used to be recommended at every 3,000 miles. However, times have changed, and vehicles are more advanced. Therefore, Chicago drivers can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services

Keep in mind that every car is different and that you should always consult your owner’s manual. You also need to be aware of the types of roads you drive on; for example, if you have long commutes, you will likely need an oil change sooner. 

How Do I Change the Oil Myself?

At Sunrise Chevrolet, we support our customers who want to change their oil themselves. We’re here to provide any advice you may need. With that said, it tends to be less expensive, time-consuming, and safer to have certified technicians change the oil in your car. If you still want to go forth with changing the oil yourself, here’s what to do:

  1. Park your vehicle on even ground.
  2. Jack your car up with jack stands or steel ramps.
  3. Locate the oil drain plug on the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine. Place an oil basin underneath the plug, then unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely. It could take up to 15 minutes when draining your oil, so set the alarm. When the oil is drained, replace the plug.
  4. Locate and remove your oil filter with an oil filter wrench. There will be a little bit of oil residue that will drip, so be sure to keep the pan in place.
  5. Get your new oil filter, and with a rubber glove, rub a tiny amount of oil around the rubber seal. The oil around the rubber seal of your oil filter ensures that it is watertight.
  6. Add the new oil filter by hand.
  7. Now that you have replaced your oil filter, you can begin the oil change by removing the oil cap under your vehicle’s hood. Pour the correct oil and amount of oil found in your owner’s manual. Then, replace the lid.
  8. Check your oil levels by pulling out the dipstick. Look for the lines on the dipstick to check if your levels are low. You want to avoid flooding as well.
  9. If your oil levels are good, your oil change is successful!

Turn to Sunrise Chevrolet for Oil Change Service & More

Whether you choose to do it yourself or have our service department change your oil, you now know what happens if you don’t change your oil. At Sunrise Chevrolet in Glendale Heights, we’re happy to help you save time and money by servicing your vehicle for an oil change. Schedule a service appointment with us online or by phone. We offer regularly updated service specials to help you save on your next routine maintenance. We’re here to help you keep your vehicle healthy and safe for years to come. Connect with us today!

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