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What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

Oil Change

Without oil in your vehicle, there’s nothing to absorb the heat from your engine, pistons, and other engine block components. What does this mean for Arlington drivers? If you fail to replace your car’s oil, you’ll run into serious issues that can have a lasting effect on your vehicle’s performance. Learn more about the importance of regular oil changes with the experts at the Wolfchase Nissan service center.

What Does Engine Oil Do?

First and foremost, oil acts as a lubricant for your engine. But it has other important jobs, too:

  • Oil absorbs heat from the engine components to avoid overheating.
  • Without fresh oil, your vehicle’s pistons can weld themselves to the cylinders.
  • Fresh oil keeps your vehicle running smoothly on Memphis roads.
  • Without regular oil changes, dirt and debris can build up and inhibit the engine.

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

It used to be said that you should have an oil change every 3,000 miles, but these days, most drivers can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services. However, every driver has different habits and every vehicle is different. If you drive long distances every day, for instance, you may need an oil change more frequently.

How Do I Change the Oil Myself?

First, check your owner’s manual to determine what type of oil your vehicle requires. Once you have your oil, follow the steps below:

  1. Jack your car up with jack stands or steel ramps.
  2. Locate the oil drain plug on the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine. Place an oil basin directly underneath the plug, then unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely – this may take up to 15 minutes. When you’re sure all the oil has drained, you can replace the plug.
  3. Locate your oil filter, and remove it with an oil filter wrench. Expect a bit of extra oil to drain out when you remove the filter and make sure you keep the basin underneath to catch it.
  4. Grab your new filter, being sure to rub a bit of oil around the rubber seal – this ensures your filter is watertight and is an essential step.
  5. Set the new filter in place, then tighten it by hand.
  6. Now that your old oil is completely drained and a new filter is in place, you can remove your oil cap. Pour in the specified amount of new oil, which you can find in your owner’s manual if you’re unsure. Finally, replace the oil cap.
  7. Before you call it a job well done, you should check your oil level by pulling out the dipstick. If you’re still low, you may add another ounce and check the level again. Once you get a proper oil level reading, you’re good to go!

Turn to Wolfchase Nissan for Oil Change Service and More

Now that you know what happens if you don’t get your oil changed, you’ll be better equipped to care for your vehicle. Changing your oil at home in Cordova can be daunting, so if you’d like to leave it to a professional, simply schedule an appointment at our Bartlett service center! If you have lingering questions, want to learn about our service specials, or would like to know more about the Nissan Powertrain Warranty, what Nissan warning lights mean, or how to start a Nissan with a dead key fob, simply contact our service team or call us at 800-721-9279, and we’ll be happy to help! We’d even love to help you learn about Christmas in Bartletthow to fix a dent or scratch, or how to check your oil.

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