What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

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Having your vehicle’s oil changed is essential to its performance and your safety on Watkinsville roads. While the oil in your vehicle was made to last between 5,000 and 10,000 miles, it will break down over time and become less effective at lubricating the moving parts in your engine. This oil breakdown will cause an increase in friction, which can lead to an increase in temperature in your engine. If your engine gets too hot, serious damage can occur such as excess wear and tear and even warped components. Learn more about what motor oil does and how often you need to have it changed with the service team at Phil Hughes Honda below.

What Does Motor Oil Do?

Motor oil is a lubricant that helps reduce friction between the components in your engine and transfer heat away from your engine block. Here are some of the key responsibilities of engine oil:

  • The main role of motor oil is to reduce wear and tear on moving parts due to friction.
  • Motor oil with dispersants is designed to clean sludge from the engine.
  • Detergents in motor oil help clean varnish from the engine as well.
  • When changed regularly, motor oil can help neutralize acids that form from fuels, improve piston ring seals, and cool the engine by moving heat away

If you neglect to have your vehicle’s oil changed, over time the parts in your engine will become damaged and can even fuse together. When this happens, your engine will seize, and the vehicle will be undriveable in Monroe. 

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

If you drive a new Honda model in Winder, your vehicle can go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles before it needs an oil change. However, if you’re driving an older Honda, you may need to have your oil changed every 5,000 miles or six months. The best way to see how often you should change your vehicle’s oil is to refer to the owners manual or contact our service center

Get Oil Change Service & More at Phil Hughes Honda

Now that you know what happens if you don’t get your oil changed, visit our Athens service center for an oil change! Our OEM certified technicians will change your oil, replace the oil filter, and get you back on Winder roads in no time. Browse our service specials today to save on your next visit and schedule a service appointment online at your convenience! 


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