First off, an oil change is a procedure that is required for the engine to function well and last longer. All engines require some sort of lubricant or substance that will facilitate better movement in order for it not to have friction and not to generate too much heat. The lubricant is also necessary to minimize the scratching that should occur when there is no smooth, liquid surface that metal to metal surfaces encounter.
After the purchase of a brand new car, the owner is instructed to come back after a certain amount of mileage has been reached or a certain span of time has passed. The reason for this is so that the distributor of the vehicle can do the oil change procedure on the engine and to check on everything.
The procedure basically gets the engine used to the work that it will encounter once it is used. People drive to work, do the grocery, pick up their kids and go for long drives every day, or most of the time. The work that the engine will go through will continue for several years.
Whether we like it or not, the engine will always have metallic residue that will eventually shave off through the continuous movement and friction that occurs in it. Little metal residue or shavings, as well as some burnt oil, will eventually accumulate in the lubricant and darken it. This makes it more viscous and thicker than what it originally was. Thicker oil will not move as freely as it would if it were less viscous. A thick lubricant does not function well and can generate heat. This will overheat the engine, potentially causing it to explode in the worst case scenario, or just crack it when it is too hot already. A cracked or broken engine cannot be fixed anymore. Accidents can happen if the engine stalls or quits in the middle of the road. Oil may drip from the engine and cause large enough spills that can cause slicks on the road.
Factors that Delay
There are several reasonable factors that can delay the changing of the lubricant. Among these, the cost of the procedure can be daunting if the filter is to be changed as well. The cost is actually fairly small especially if you think about what you can save when it comes to repairing the engine due to the damages that happens when it malfunctions due to unchanged lubricants. Another factor that can delay the oil change is the lack of time. People are usually very busy and they often postpone the changing service until the very last minute or up until they sense something is wrong with the engine already. A busy schedule will be even busier if there is no vehicle to bring the owner to and from places.
Another reason for delaying an oil change is ignorance. There is no better word for this type of negligence than ignorance. Many people these days buy vehicles but lack the experience or skill to maintain them. People often have no idea that they need to actually have the car serviced for the changing of the lubricant as well as for other things that help to keep it in good running condition.