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What Happens if You Don't Change Your Oil?

Every Pleasanton driver should know that regular car oil changes are essential to maintaining the performance and safety of their ride. If you’ve been procrastinating changing your oil, you might be wondering, “What happens if you don’t change your oil?” The answer is simple and can turn tragic: if you don’t change your oil, it will become dirty with sludge and can eventually ruin your engine completely! Read on to learn more about the importance of regular car maintenance and find out what happens if you don’t get your oil changed. For all of your car maintenance questions, the East Bay MINI service team is here to provide clear answers.

Why Does My Car Need Motor Oil?

Your vehicle’s engine contains a lot of moving parts that generate massive amounts of heat. Fresh oil lubricates the different pieces and permits them to move smoothly. It also reduces the overall heat production in the process. Old oil becomes thick and slows the engine’s mechanics, and low oil levels may cause your engine to overheat.

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Now that you know what happens if you don’t get your oil changed, you might still be wondering how often to change it. In the past, technicians and automakers recommended an oil change every 3,000 miles or so. But things have changed, and now vehicles can generally go from 7,500 to 10,000 miles before an oil change is needed. Check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends for your new MINI Cooper.

Can I Change the Oil Myself?

San Francisco car owners who prefer to change their oil themselves should check their owner’s manual for guidance before they begin. It will tell you what type of oil you need for optimal engine performance. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Look for the oil filter and remove the drain plug.
  2. Drain the old oil entirely.
  3. Replace the oil filter with a new filter and put the drain plug back in place.
  4. Slowly fill the reservoir with fresh oil until you reach the proper level.

If you prefer to leave your MINI maintenance to a trained technician, find out where to get a MINI oil change in your area.

Schedule an Oil Change at East Bay MINI

If you live around Oakland or Livermore and need auto service, schedule a service appointment at East Bay MINI. From oil changes to auto detailing and major repairs, we’re here for you through it all! Check out our service tips and contact us to get help from our experts.

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