What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Oil?

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The importance of oil in a vehicle’s powertrain can’t be understated. Used to lubricate the moving components to minimize friction, maximize efficiency, and reduce the risk of serious damage, oil is the lifeblood of your engine. So what happens if you don’t change your oil? As you might imagine, nothing good. You could easily be stranded on the roads of Reno.


What  you need to understand about engine oil is that oil breaks down slowly over time. In turn, it comes less effective at its job of lubricating. Also, engine oil is susceptible to picking up debris, which would increase friction among the components of your engine. As friction increases, heat rises. And if the heat rises beyond manufacturer recommendations, damage occurs. Learn more about engine oil from the Lithia Hyundai of Reno service center.

What Does Motor Oil Do?

As your engine’s lubricant, your engine’s oil has several important roles. All of these roles are important to keep your Hyundai vehicle running smoothly on Sparks roads.

What is your engine oil for? Here’s your answer:

  • Motor oil reduces 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.
  • When motor oil is changed regularly, it can help neutralize acids that form from fuels, cool the engine by moving heat away, and improve piston ring seals.

So what happens if you don’t get your oil changed? You’re better off not knowing!

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

Once upon a time, mechanics recommended that you change your oil every 3,000 miles. These days, advances in technology have widened that gap, and most drivers can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services. This estimate can be affected by many things, including driving habits. Do you drive long distances daily, for instance? You may need more frequent oil changes.

How Do I Change the Oil Myself?

At Lithia Hyundai of Reno, we’re all about empowering car owners to take on as many maintenance responsibilities as they feel comfortable conducting on their own. If you want to change the oil on your Hyundai vehicle, you can follow the steps below. And if you decide you’d prefer that expert technicians change your oil for you, schedule an appointment at the Lithia Hyundai of Reno service center, making sure to utilize our service coupons.


Instructions on how to change engine oil:

  1. Using jack stands or steel ramps, jack your vehicle up.
  2. Place an oil basin directly underneath your oil drain plug. Unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely – this may take up to 15 minutes. Once every last bit of oil has drained, replace the plug.
  3. Use an oil filter wrench to remove your oil filter. Extra oil will likely drain out when you remove the filter, so have the basin ready underneath to catch it.
  4. Rub a bit of oil around the rubber seal of the new filter. This should make your filter watertight.
  5. Set the new filter in place by hand.
  6. Now that the oil has been drained and you’ve got a new filter on your Hyundai, remove your oil cap. Referencing your owner’s manual, pour in the recommended amount of oil. Replace the oil cap.
  7. Check your oil level once you’ve finished the previous steps. If you’re still low, you may want to add another ounce, then check the level again. Once the dipstick indicates that you’ve filled your engine with the proper amount of oil, you’re good to go!

Turn to Lithia Hyundai of Reno for Oil Change Service and More

Keeping up with Hyundai service will keep your vehicle running on Carson City streets for years to come. Find out more about changing your oil with our “How Often Should You Change Your Oil” guide! And for more advice, read our other service tips guides or contact us directly at (833) 214-1690—we’re always happy to help Reno-area drivers!

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2620 Kietzke Lane Reno, NV


Phone: (775) 376-5049

2620 Kietzke Lane Reno, NV


Phone: (833) 214-1690

2620 Kietzke Lane Reno, NV
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Reno, NV, 89502 US
(775) 376-5049
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