When something is readily available and affordable — like motor oil — you may take it for granted. But don’t! Motor oil is your engine’s lifeblood, and the right oil can protect your engine and help extend its life.
OIL WORKS HARD
It circulates through the engine, lubricating the moving parts to reduce friction and help prevent overheating. It also picks up deposits and contaminants so your motor runs clean. But even the highest-quality motor oil won’t last forever, and when the oil’s additives become depleted, it’s time for a change.
What happens if you don’t change your oil? Here’s what you’re risking:
Accelerated engine wear
To avoid these troubles, stay on top of your oil change schedule.
HOW LONG CAN YOU GO WITHOUT AN OIL CHANGE?
Check the owner’s manual for your vehicle's manufacturer recommendation for at least how often to change oil. But the key phrase there is “at least.” If the dashboard “change oil” light comes on, even when you’re between scheduled oil changes, consider bringing your vehicle to one of 2,000 Jiffy Lube® locations nationwide.
When it’s time for an oil change, get the Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change. A trained Jiffy Lube technician will inspect your vehicle’s essential systems and components. The oil will be replaced with the type, weight and volume recommended by the manufacturer, and Jiffy Lube technicians are proud to pour Pennzoil® motor oil (where available). The oil filter will be replaced, too, because it doesn’t make sense to have fresh oil flowing through a dirty filter, does it?
We’ve looked at what happens if you don’t change your oil and how long can you go without an oil change. Now let’s tackle this important question …
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR CAR RUNS OUT OF OIL?
It’s a best practice to frequently check your oil level so this won’t happen. Why not make it a habit to check your oil every time you fill up your gas tank?
But even if you take precautions, it’s possible to find your vehicle has run out of oil. Then what?
If the engine is running, safely pull over and shut off the engine; if the engine is off, do not start your vehicle.
Call for a tow to a repair facility so the extent of the damage can be determined.
ALWAYS CONSULT THE EXPERTS AT JIFFY LUBE
You came here because you wondered what happens if you don’t change your oil, and you know Jiffy Lube knows oil. But we are much more than just oil changes. Turn to Jiffy Lube for preventive maintenance that will keep your vehicle in top shape.