Updated October 17th, 2016

Sterling, Virginia residents know changing the engine oil in your car is one of the most basic--yet hugely important--responsibilities of vehicle ownership. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine, and without this essential lubricant performing as it should, your engine parts will begin to press against one another, causing damage and potentially leading to complete engine failure. As simple and relatively inexpensive as it is to go and get an oil change, surprisingly many vehicle owners neglect to keep up with this basic routine maintenance item, often going a year or even more without getting an oil change. This can eventually lead to a host of engine problems, such as:


* Dirt will begin to accumulate in the oil itself, causing it to become thick and sludgy. While the oil filter will keep dirt from settling in the oil for a little while, over time the filter will become clogged, and at that point the oil will bypass the filter altogether and enter the engine through a relief valve. What this basically means is that your engine will send dirty, unfiltered oil into circulation, which will cause significant wear on engine parts. After a while, those parts will become degraded, reducing engine efficiency and eventually leading to a breakdown.

Certain additives in your engine oil (e.g., dispersants, detergents, friction reducers, rust fighters, etc.) will eventually wear out, keeping the oil from providing adequate lubrication for engine parts. This can lead to various engine parts making metal-on-metal contact, which can wreak havoc on an engine.

While this information can definitely sound somewhat ominous, you don't have to worry about your engine locking up if you're overdue for an oil change by only a couple of weeks or a few hundred miles. The problem comes when vehicle owners "perpetually procrastinate" by continually putting off their oil changes for months at a time, until the car is way overdue for this basic staple of routine maintenance. The best way to ensure that you won't have to run into any nasty surprises in the future is to get the oil changed in your vehicle at the intervals suggested by the manufacturer; these can be found in the owner's manual. When that time comes around, simply take your car to your Sterling Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto auto repair, and let a Certified Mechanic change the oil and filter in your car. That way, your engine can stay healthy, and you can stay safe as you're out and about on the road.

Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto provides convenience, professionalism, and expert auto maintenance and repair. Visit our website at http://www.hoganandsonsinc.com. Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto has 8 locations throughout the Northern Virginia area to serve you.

Watch this video to learn what happens when you don't change your oil on time:

Video Credit: DanielJaegerFilms

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair.