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What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

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At Greenway Chevrolet Of The Shoals, we understand that it can be difficult at times to fit routine vehicle maintenance into your busy schedule. Because of this, a common question we hear at our service center is, “What happens if you don’t change your oil?” What happens if you don’t get your oil changed? Over time, motor oil breaks down, and it will not be able to properly lubricate the moving parts in your engine. An increase in friction in turn leads to an increase in temperature, and when your engine overheats, significant damage can occur. Greenway Chevrolet Of The Shoals further explains the importance of regular oil changes below.

The Purpose of Motor Oil

Motor oil works as a lubricant for your engine and is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Reduce wear and tear on moving parts caused by friction
  • Dispersants clean sludge from the engine
  • Detergents help clean varnish from the engine
  • Neutralize acids from fuels, improve piston ring seals, and cool the engine by moving heat away

How Often is an Oil Change Necessary?

In the past, the recommendation was to have an oil change every 3,000 miles. However, most newer vehicles can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services thanks to advancements in automotive and oil technology. Keep in mind that every driver has different habits and every vehicle is different. If you do a lot of driving around the Tuscumbia AL metro area or do a lot of off-roading the woods and wet lands in the Tuscumbia foothills, it is likely that your vehicle will need an oil change more frequently. Express Oil Change near Tuscumbia AL

How to Perform an Oil Change at Home

Before you begin, be sure to take a look at your owner’s manual to see what type of motor oil is recommended for your particular make and model. When you have the proper oil, simply complete the steps below:

  1. Jack your car up with jack stands or steel ramps.
  2. Find the oil drain plug at the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine. Place an oil basin directly underneath the plug. Drain the old oil by unscrewing the plug. It could take as long as 15 minutes for the oil to drain completely. Put the plug back into place when all of the old oil has been removed.
  3. Use an oil filter wrench to remove the old oil filter. Extra oil may drain out when you remove the filter, so be sure you keep the basin in place.
  4. Rub a bit of oil around the rubber seal of the new filter to make sure it is watertight. Do not skip this step! 
  5. Set the new filter in place and tighten it by hand.
  6. Remove your oil cap and add the correct amount of new oil. If you are not sure how much oil your vehicle requires, consult your owner’s manual. Finally, replace the oil cap.
  7. Check the oil level, and if it is filled properly, you are ready to hit the roads of Corinth.

Set Up an Oil Change at Greenway Chevrolet Of The Shoals

Now that you know what happens if you don’t change your oil, you will not want to skip this essential maintenance task. If you prefer to leave vehicle maintenance to the professionals, you can set up an appointment at Greenway Chevrolet Of The Shoals. Be sure to browse our current oil change coupons before coming into the dealership, too! Contact us today for more information.

Oil Change Coupons from Greenway Chevrolet Of The Shoals

6-Quart ACDelco GM OE dexos1® Full Synthetic Oil Change Package
6-Quart ACDelco GM OE dexos1® Full Synthetic Oil Change and Tire Rotation
$74.99*

*Tire balancing, tax, and more than 6 quarts of oil extra. Excludes diesel engines. See owner's manual for specific oil grades recommended by vehicle model.

EXPIRES: 08/26/2022
8-Quart ACDelco GM OE dexos1® Full Synthetic Oil Change Package
8-Quart ACDelco GM OE dexos1® Full Synthetic Oil Change and Tire Rotation
$89.99*

*Tire balancing, tax, and more than 8 quarts of oil extra. Excludes diesel engines. See owner's manual for specific oil grades recommended by vehicle model.

EXPIRES: 08/26/2022

 


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