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What happens when you skip an oil change?
Acura builds some of the strongest vehicles in the automotive industry. However, that doesn’t happen all on its own. Sure, the engineering and quality of the materials used by the manufacturer are important factors, but the owner or owners play a major role as well. Keeping up with regular maintenance is the number one lesson the Acura of Modesto Service Department tries to impress on people. However, that doesn’t stop far too many people from asking us, ‘What happens when you skip an oil change?’ The easiest answer is nothing good. However, our service professionals didn’t that that was sufficient. Let’s take a look at a few things you might want to know that could save you a headache later.
What does engine oil do?
The person who owns an automobile doesn’t need to be an automotive expert to understand the function of motor oil. First, the oil prevents the metal components from touching and destroying themselves. Second, the oil helps dissipate the heat created by the internal combustion process. Here is what could happen if you skip too many oil changes for too long.
Diminished Performance — When oil breaks down, it can basically turn into a thick, dark sludge. This material will get in the many nooks and crannies of an engine. Eventually, this will cause the moving parts to struggle to actually movie. The engine won’t perform as intended and it will burn more gasoline in the process, lowering fuel economy scores.
Blown Engine Gaskets — Seeing white smoke pouring out of an engine is the international sign that something is very wrong. This could be the sign of a blown head gasket which is about as close to catastrophic engine failure as one would want to be. A blown gasket is one of the most expensive repairs that can be done to a vehicle. In fact, the final repair costs could be more than what the vehicle is worth.
If you need any help getting the most out of your vehicle, make an appointment with an Acura of Modesto product expert today.