How Long Can You Go Without Oil?

How Long Can You Go Without Oil? | Genesis of Littleton

When you’re looking to cruise around Parker, Littleton, or Castle Rock, Colorado, for years on end, the best way to do that is to stay on top of your routine maintenance, which includes having your oil changed regularly. You might be wondering, how long can you go without oil?

To help you learn more about your engine oil, we here at Genesis of Littleton have created this oil reference guide. Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!

Why Is Oil Important?

Your engine oil is an essential part of your Genesis vehicle because it performs several different tasks. It filters out your engine’s hazards, keeps your engine’s parts lubricated, and helps prevent friction. All these tasks are crucial for the long-term health of your engine.

How Long Can You Go Without Oil?

Just like with fuel, you need to replace your oil regularly. Although, you may not need to replace your oil as often as you fill up your gas tank. How frequently your oil needs to be changed depends on your model and driving conditions.

While there is a recommended range, most manufacturers recommend an oil change every 5,000 miles.

If you go any longer than that, you run into several potential issues:

  • Oil turning to sludge: Over time, the debris your oil filters out turns your oil into a thick sludge. When this happens, your engine must work even harder to pump oil—similar to your heart and a clogged valve.
  • Parts wearing down: Without proper lubrication, all the working parts of your engine will rub against each other, which can decrease their lifespan.
  • Overheating: When these parts rub against one another, they create friction. With this extra friction comes heat, which can lead to the overheating of your engine.

To avoid potential long-term damage, make sure you change your oil every 5,000 miles.

Signs You Need an Oil Change

The best way to see whether your oil needs to be changed is by visually checking it. This involves removing the dipstick and checking for oil levels, color, and consistency. However, when driving around town you may also notice some signs and symptoms that your oil needs to be changed:

  • Check engine light is on
  • Grinding or knocking sounds under your hood
  • Extra exhaust smoke
  • Decreased fuel efficiency

If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, don’t hesitate to have a mechanic take a look at your Genesis vehicle.

Get Your Oil Changed Today

When it comes time to change your oil, trust the experts to take care of your luxury vehicle. After all, Genesis models are extremely unique.

At Genesis of Littleton, we have a team of Genesis-certified technicians, meaning they’ve undergone rigorous training to be as familiar with Genesis parts as they are the back of their hand. For you, this means you’ll have fast and efficient service. This helps you get back to cruising around Parker, Littleton, and Castle Rock, CO, in no time at all.

Schedule your oil change today over the phone or online!

 

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