Ever wondered what happens if you don't change your oil? Keeping up with this maintenance task may seem like nothing more than a nuisance, but in truth, oil protects your engine and absorbs heat, making routine oil changes extremely important. If you neglect to change your car's oil, you will end up facing much more serious issues, which will likely have a lasting effect on vehicle performance. The experts at the Weelborg Ford Service Center are here to explain the importance of regular oil changes for Mankato-area drivers.

Purpose of Engine Oil

What happens if you don't get your oil changed? Understanding the purpose of engine oil is an essential first step in determining what happens if it isn't regularly changed. It functions as follows:

  • Lubricating the engine
  • Absorbing heat from engine components to prevent overheating
  • Protecting vehicle pistons from welding to the cylinders
  • Maintaining a smooth ride along Willmar streets

In addition to engine oil's important role in vehicle operation, failing to get an oil change will result in the buildup of dirt and debris, which can negatively impact your engine's functionality.

Oil Change Frequency

How often do you need to change your oil? Advancements in engine technology mean most Marshall-area drivers can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes, making it far less of a hassle. Still, driving habits and vehicle requirements may influence recommended oil change frequency, so make sure to check your owner's manual for more information.

DIY Oil Change Process

If you prefer to complete oil changes at home, first determine the type of oil required. Order the appropriate oil and oil filter via our parts department, and then follow these steps:

  1. Jack up your car and locate the oil drain plug.
  2. Place an oil pan directly below the plug, and unscrew it to drain out old oil. Replace the plug when done.
  3. Locate and remove your oil filter with an oil filter wrench. Doing so may cause extra oil to drain out.
  4. Rub oil around the rubber seal of your new filter to ensure it is watertight. Set it in place and tighten it by hand.
  5. With old oil drained and a new filter installed, remove your oil cap. Add the proper amount of oil, and replace the oil cap.
  6. Wrap up the process by checking your oil level with the dipstick.

Schedule Your Next Oil Change with Weelborg Ford!

Now that you know the importance of engine oil and what might happen if it's not changed, you have a better sense of how to best care for your vehicle! If you prefer to leave auto service to the experts, get in touch with our Service Center to make an appointment! Make sure to also check out our service specials to save on your next oil change!