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What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

It doesn’t matter if you’re driving around Madison and Ridgeland roads behind the wheel of a new or pre-owned model – it’s important to know what happens if you don’t change your oil. Many drivers know that getting an oil change can help maintain the quality and performance of your vehicle, but they may not know the consequences of forgetting to do so. Learn more about what happens if you don’t get your oil changed from the experts at Bob Boyte Honda.

What Does Oil Do for Your Car?

Oil is an essential component to your vehicle and is primarily used to lubricate your vehicle’s engine. However, there are several more reasons why oil is beneficial to the overall function of your vehicle, which include:

  • Without fresh oil, your vehicle’s pistons can weld themselves to the cylinders.
  • Oil absorbs heat from the engine components to avoid overheating.
  • If you don’t change your oil, dirt and debris can build up and inhibit the engine.
  • Fresh oil keeps your vehicle running properly on Clinton streets.

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

In the past, many service technicians suggested that vehicles can go every 3,000 miles before getting an oil change, but newer models with advanced components can now go between 5,000 to 7,500 miles while others can run well up to 10,000 miles before needing a change. If you’re still unsure, always refer back to your owner’s manual to get the correct recommendation right from the source.

How Do I Change the Oil Myself?

If you’re a self-starter or want to know more about your vehicle, you can easily change your vehicle’s oil at home by following these simple steps:

  1. Jack up your car with jack stands or steel ramps.
  2. Find the oil drain plug on the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine, and then place an oil basin directly underneath the plug. Unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely; a process that could last up to 15 minutes. When you’re sure all the oil has drained, you can replace the plug.
  3. Locate your oil filter, and remove it with an oil filter wrench. Expect a bit of extra oil to drain out when you remove the filter and make sure you keep the basin underneath to catch it.
  4. Take your new filter, being sure to rub a bit of oil around the rubber seal – this ensures your filter is watertight and is an essential step.
  5. Set the new filter in place, then tighten it by hand.
  6. Now that your old oil is completely drained and a new filter is in place, you can remove your oil cap. Pour in the specified amount of new oil, which you can find in your owner’s manual if you’re unsure. Finally, replace the oil cap.
  7. Before you’re finished, you should check your oil level by pulling out the dipstick. If you’re still low, you may add another ounce and check the level again. Once you get a proper oil level reading, you’re good to go!

Get An Oil Change or Other Services at Bob Boyte Honda

Now that you know what happens if you don’t get your oil changed, you can find other service features at Bob Boyte Honda on Honda warning lights, lane departure warnings, how often to change your oiland how to jump a car. You can also save more on essential parts and services with our service specials. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a test drive near Clinton!

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2188 Highway 18 Brandon, MS

Phone: 601-591-5000



Phone: 601-591-5000

2188 Highway 18 Brandon, MS


Phone: 601-591-5000

2188 Highway 18 Brandon, MS


Phone: 601-591-5000

2188 Highway 18 Brandon, MS
32.2710065 -90.0371763
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Bob Boyte Honda
Bob Boyte Honda
2188 Highway 18
Brandon, MS, 39042 United States
Bob Boyte Honda 32.2710065, -90.0371763.