What Happens If You Don’t Change Oil?

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Oil is important to your vehicle’s powertrain as it lubricates the moving components to minimize friction, maximize efficiency, and reduce the risk of damage. So what happens if you don’t change your oil? Well, the engine oil breaks down over time and gets less effective at lubricating — it also picks up debris that can increase friction.

As friction increases, things get hot — hotter than the manufacturer intended — and that’s when the damage starts. Learn more with the Sam Leman Mazda service center below to keep your car running smoothly around Normal.

What Does Motor Oil Do?

Motor oil is a lubricant for your engine. More specifically, engine oil has the following important roles in vehicles:

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

How Often Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

Experts used to tell drivers to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles, but today, drivers can go between 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil change services. However, you’ll want to be sure to check your owner’s manual for more specific instructions and keep in mind your driving habits. If you drive long distances every day, for instance, you may need an oil change more frequently.

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How Do I Change the Oil Myself?

After checking your owners manual to determine what type of oil your vehicle requires, follow these simple steps to change your oil at home:

  1. Jack your car up with jack stands or steel ramps.
  2. Locate the oil drain plug on the bottom of your oil pan underneath your engine. Place an oil basin directly underneath the plug, then unscrew the plug and allow the old oil to drain out completely – this may take 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. Grab 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 call it a job well done, 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!

Turn to Sam Leman Mazda for Oil Change Service and More!

Now that you know what happens if you don’t get your oil changed, you’ll be better equipped to care for your vehicle. If you don’t want to attempt to do this on your own, contact the Sam Leman Mazda service center to schedule a service appointment. Have questions in the meantime about our services? Don’t hesitate to contact us. Also, be sure to check out our available service coupons to help you save more on the services your vehicle needs.


Oil Change and Tire Rotation Special
Standard Oil
$39.95
Synthetic Oil
$69.95

Get more value for your money! Our professional Mazda-trained technicians will:
· Replace engine oil and Genuine Mazda oil filter
· Rotate tires
· Inspect tires for wear
· Check tire pressure, adjust as necessary
*Synthetic oil extra/Up to 5 Quarts

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Front or Rear Brake Special
$25.00 Off

Problems with your Mazda’s brakes are
serious- don’t wait too long! Use this
coupon to receive a special discount on
the brake service you need.
Call to schedule your appointment today!

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Enhance Air Quality with a New Cabin Air Filter
$10.00 Off

The air you breathe is only as clean as the filter it goes through. A new cabin air filter will reduce impurities such as pollen, dust, mold and other airborne contaminants.
Recommended every 12 – 24 months.

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
4-Wheel Alignment Special
$89.95

Poorly aligned wheels wear out tires prematurely and reduce gas mileage. Service includes:
· Inspect/adjust caster, camber and toe-in as applicable
· Inspect suspension and steering linkage
· Check tire wear
· Check tire pressure, adjust as necessary
· Computerized alignment
· Road test

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Battery/Charging System Service
Complimentary

-Inspect & clean battery terminals and
cables
-Test battery
-Test charging system
-Test starting system

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Cooling System Special
$15.00 Off

Your cooling system regulates engine temperatures for both cold and warm weather conditions. This service will help prevent rust and corrosion in the cooling system. Service includes:
· Check and drain cooling system
· Pressure test system and refill with up to one gallon of coolant
· Check all fluids, wiper blades and drive belts

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Accessorize Your Mazda
10% Off

Customize your Mazda to reflect your personal style and save ______% on all Genuine Mazda Accessories. Don’t forget to take advantage of our professional installation services!

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Mazda Service Savings!

We value your business. Use this coupon
to save on any service or repair:
$5.00 off service $50.00 to $99.99
$10.00 off service $100.00 to $199.99
$15.00 off service $200.00 or more

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020

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