Most people grew up being told to get their vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. A lot of people do not understand why they need to do this, leading many people to skip an oil change. Unfortunately, this often just leads to an expensive auto repair.
The oil in your car or truck does a lot to keep your car running smoothly. The most important jobs it does, however, are lubricating the engine and carrying heat away from the engine block. As the oil in your vehicle circulates through your engine, it continuously relubricates the thousands of machine components that have to work together in order to make your car operational. At the same time, as the oil moves around the engine, it draws the heat that the engine produces away from the engine.
Unfortunately, as the oil moves it also picks up dirt and other small pieces of debris from the engine. While this helps to keep the engine free of these particles, over time the oil gets too dirty to be effective. This is why the oil has to be changed.
If the oil isn’t changed, your vehicle’s engine will start to have a lot of problems. The most common issue is that the parts will become too hot. This can cause the engine to run less efficiently, and as time goes on it can cause the engine components to warp and wear out. The lack of lubrication between these parts will also contribute to these problems.
Eventually, if the oil is not changed, the entire engine will shut down and have to be replaced. This repair can cost thousands of dollars, and many people who have to do this decide to sell the car to a scrap yard and buy a new vehicle.