The recommended intervals for oil changes have increased a significant amount over the last decade. Yet even so, some drivers still refuse to have their oil changed at the manufacturer-recommended intervals. To learn why oil changes should be a part of your regular auto maintenance routine and budget, here is a look at what can happen to your vehicle if you neglect to have the service done:
- Reduced Fuel Economy – When you extend or ignore the manufacturer-recommended oil change intervals, the engine oil will gradually become saturated with dirt and debris. Unfortunately, dirty oil is thick and abrasive and causes greater resistance among the moving parts of the engine. This additional strain causes your vehicle to use more gas than normal.
- Negatively Affected Performance – In addition to affecting your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, dirty oil also impacts your vehicle’s overall performance. Without the proper lubrication and heat protection, engine parts will not work as they should. When this happens, you’ll notice a significant drop in acceleration, gear shifting, start-up, and more.
- Engine Trouble – As the oil gets dirtier and dirtier, it will eventually stop lubricating the engine altogether. At this point, catastrophic engine failure is almost certain. When you compare the high cost of total engine overhaul and replacement with the inexpensive price of routine oil changes, it’s clear why neglecting manufacturer-recommended auto maintenance is one of the costliest decisions that you can make as a car owner.
Brake Specialists Plus is your one-stop location for all of your auto maintenance and repair needs. With 12 locations throughout the Austin area, we provide all of the auto maintenance services you need, including oil changes, tune-ups, and wheel alignment. To schedule a service appointment, contact us online or dial (512) 795-4063.