What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

February 27th, 2024 by

Service Technician changing the oil on a vehicle

Keeping up to date with your MINI Cooper oil change schedule is the best way to ensure that you always enjoy a smooth and safe ride on Minnetonka roads. So, what happens if you don’t change your oil? Over time, motor oil breaks down and will not be able to effectively lubricate critical parts and components within your engine. The increase in friction can lead to an increase in temperature, which can cause serious damage to your engine. Learn more about the importance of regular oil changes in this guide from the experts at Motorwerks MINI. If you’re due for your next oil change, schedule an appointment with our service center in Golden Valley today!



What Does Motor Oil Do?

The importance of routine oil changes cannot be overstated. So, what exactly does motor oil do? Here’s a look at how motor oil keeps your engine running at peak performance levels on St Louis Park-area roads and beyond:

  • The primary job 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.
  • Regular oil changes can help neutralize acids that form from fuels, improve piston ring seals, and keep the engine cool.

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

Years ago, it was commonly recommended that you should have an oil change every 3,000 miles, but with improvements in engine technology, most drivers can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services. However, the type of vehicle and how and where you drive can affect how often you’ll need to change the oil. It’s best to consult your owner’s manual to find the recommended oil change schedule for your specific vehicle.

What Happens if You Don’t Get Your Oil Changed?

Here’s a rundown of what happens if you don’t get your oil changed: 

  • Weakened Performance: As motor oil deteriorates, it leaves behind carbon deposits which can hamper ventilation and clog exhaust gas recirculation valves, leading to sluggish engine performance. 
  • Loss of Fuel Efficiency: Motor oil wears down over time and can lose its viscosity so that it slides past seals and rings and gets burned up in the combustion chamber. This increases fuel usage and causes smoke to seep out from the exhaust. 
  • Engine Overheating: The loss of viscosity can also lead to overheating, and eventually, total engine failure. 

Get Professional Oil Change Service at Motorwerks MINI

Now that you know what happens if you don’t change your oil, you’ll be better equipped to care for your vehicle. At Motorwerks MINI, we offer quick oil change services, and with our service specials and coupons you’ll be able to take advantage of some of the best oil change deals in the Minneapolis area. Please feel free to contact our service team if you have any questions or concerns.


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