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

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Whether you’re driving a new or pre-owned vehicle, you’ll eventually have to get your oil changed. Oil is important to your vehicle’s engine and it ensures that your vehicle is properly lubricated as you tackle the Grove City roads. But, what happens if you don’t change your oil? Oil breaks down over time and if you don’t change your engine oil, you could run the risk of damaging your engine and even be stranded on the side of the road in West Jefferson.



As oil breaks down, the friction between engine components increases, causing added wear and tear and additional heat in your engine. That wear and tear and added heat can warp engine components and wreak havoc on your vehicle. You should be changing your oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles if you want your vehicle to drive properly. Don’t wonder, “What happens if you don’t get your oil changed?” and schedule a service appointment today at Roush Ford!

The Importance of Engine Oil

Now that we know what happens if you don’t change your oil, you may be wondering about the importance of engine oil. Fortunately, our service experts are here to help so that you don’t even have to think about what happens if you don’t get your oil changed. By regularly changing your engine oil, you can enjoy your Dublin adventures for many miles ahead. Let’s take a look at why engine oil is so important:

  • Lubrication: Engine oil lubricates engine components so that wear and tear are minimized.
  • Detergents: Many engine oils utilize detergents and cleaning agents to keep your engine as clean as possible.
  • Cool: An effect of properly lubricated parts is reduced friction. That reduced friction often results in lower engine temperatures and allows for your engine to run much more efficiently.

How To Change Your Oil

You don’t want to know what happens if you don’t change your oil so if you’re interested in changing it in your own Columbus garage, we’ve got you covered. While we recommend you let our service experts do it for you, we understand that you may like to tackle DIY auto projects on your own. Just make sure you have the correct oil, oil filter, and other equipment to properly change your engine oil. With that out of the way, here’s how to change your oil:

  1. Securely raise up your vehicle.
  2. Place an oil catch container underneath your oil drain plug.
  3. Remove the oil drain plug from your vehicle’s oil pan underneath your vehicle.
  4. Put the oil drain plug back once all the oil has drained.
  5. Remove your oil filter. Be careful as extra oil may drain.
  6. Add a bit of oil around the rubber seal on the new oil filter.
  7. Tighten the new oil filter by hand.
  8. Open your vehicle’s hood and add the necessary amount of oil to your vehicle after you’ve removed the oil cap. Reference your owner’s manual for specifics on the amount of oil you need and the correct oil type.
  9. Tighten the oil cap and ensure your oil level is correct.

Let Us Change Your Oil at Roush Ford!

With oil being so important to your vehicle, we recommend you let our experts do the dirty work for you. Get in touch with our team today if you’re ready to schedule services like oil changes and more!


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Columbus, OH 43228
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