An oil change is an essential part of owning a car. To ensure your car runs smoothly, you need to take it in for regular servicing, and part of that service is an oil change.

But what will happen if you don’t take your vehicle in for servicing? A lot will happen, and none of it good. Oil is important for your car because it acts as a lubricant, and this lubricant stops your engine from literally melting.

Your engine is made up of a lot of tough metal parts, which all move very fast and touch one another. When tough metal parts rub against each other, there’s a lot of heat created from the resulting friction. This heat is so intense, it can literally melt those tough metal parts, and weld them together. If this happens, your engine will self-destruct, resulting in you needing either a full engine rebuild, or more likely, a new car altogether.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had an oil change, then don’t worry, the above description won’t happen just yet. Although it will happen eventually! The longer your oil sits in your car, the dirtier it gets. Your filter will clear the oil out up to a point, but eventually the dirt and pollutants will over-power it. When this happens, the dirt and grime will make the oil less efficient, slowly damaging your engine.

Over time, this will cause engine failure, and then you’ll be calling your roadside recovery to come and give you a tow to the nearest garage. And when you get there, and the mechanic asks you when your last oil change was, you’ll have a dopy look on your face.

Don’t be that guy, check in today for your oil change!