October 1, 2015

An oil change is an essential when it comes to vehicle maintenance. If you want to help keep your vehicle running smoothly, then it needs to be brought in for servicing on a regular basis. An oil change should be part of that service.

So what happens when you don’t take your vehicle in for an oil change? A lot will happen, and none of it good. Oil is essential for cars because it is a lubricant, and this lubricant stops your engine from literally becoming so hot it melts.

An engine is made up of many moving parts. These parts are made from metal, move incredibly fast and rub against each other. When hard metal rubs against hard metal, a lot of friction is created. From this friction, a tremendous amount of heat is given off. This heat is so intense, it can literally melt the metal, welding the moving parts together. If this happens, your engine will rip itself apart, resulting in either a full engine rebuild, or because of the costs involved, a new car altogether.

If it’s been a while since you last had an oil change, then don’t panic, the above scenario won’t happen just yet. Although it’s not a good idea to leave it! The longer that oil sits in your car, the dirtier it gets. Your filter will clear out the oil up to a certain point, but eventually the dirt and grim will clog it up. When this happens, the dirt and pollutants will make the oil less effective, slowly damaging your engine over time.

This of course will cause engine failure, and then you’ll be calling your roadside recovery to come and give you a tow to the nearest garage. When that happens, and the mechanic asks when your last oil change was, what are you going to say? You couldn’t be bothered or you didn’t want to spend the money? Whatever your answer, he’s probably going to laugh at you, so don’t be that guy, call us today and book in an oil change!