What will happen if you don’t change your oil? Well besides the ticking noise that we have been discussing in the first part of this article, your engine can seize up.
Right in line with the ticking noise, what will happen if you don’t change your oil, is the second most asked question by vehicle owners. As your engine continues to burn oil, the ticking sound will only get louder.
The ticking will eventually start to sound like a hard knocking sound but before it does, let me finish telling you what needs to be done.
Continued from part 1: Once you’re on the page that talks about engine oil, look for the type of oil that your car needs. You should see something like – 5w 20 or 10w 30. Go and purchase 4 quarts of oil.
When you get back to your car, pull out the oil dipstick and check the oil. Most dipsticks have writing on them that indicates where the oil level should be. If you only see oil on the very tip of the dipstick, pour in 3 quarts of oil. If the dipstick is dry, pour all 4 of the quarts of oil into the engine.
Check the oil level again with the dipstick to make sure you have added enough oil. If so, start your car and allow it to run for 8 to 10 minutes so that the oil can circulate throughout the engine. You will be able to hear the ticking noise get quieter and quieter until you can’t hear it anymore.
Take your car in within a couple days and get an oil change. Never assume just because people say that you should get your oil changed every 3000 miles that you won’t run out of oil before that time.
Check your oil, now that you know how, once a month. It doesn’t matter how far you drive, when the engine is running, oil is burning away just like gas.
If you know a mechanic that you trust or know someone that works on cars, have them remove the valve cover on your engine and check the lifters. If your car is still making the ticking sound after you put oil in the engine the nuts on the lifter bolts, need to be tightened up a little.
You can do this yourself with a torque wrench and the vehicle repair manual for your car, which you can find at auto parts stores. If you take the car in to the shop, it should cost no more than $100 for the 15 minute repair.