Getting the oil changed in your car is one of the most important things you can do to keep it running smoothly. Unfortunately, many people procrastinate this simple maintenance step. When you delay an oil change for too long, disastrous things can occur in your vehicle’s engine.

How often should I change the oil?

The industry standard for oil changes has long been every 3,000 miles or 3 months. However, your vehicle can likely go further between oil changes. The owner’s manual will have the specific timeframe listed and this is what you should follow. Your vehicle may even tell you when it is time for an oil change via its information display screen.

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What happens when I miss an oil change?

The key roles of your car’s engine oil are to cool the engine, lubricate it, and keep it clean. As the oil gathers dust and other particles, this will gradually thicken the oil. This makes it less effective. When you wait too long to change the oil, it turns into engine sludge.

An engine filled with sludge must work a lot harder to keep all its components moving. This can lead to warped parts, a blown head gasket, or even complete engine failure. All of these issues will cost you significantly more than a simple oil change.

Staying up-to-date on your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is crucial. Contact our Service Department at Atzenhoffer Mitsubishi in Victoria, Texas, to schedule an appointment.