Oil Filter Problems Create Engine Problems

Oil filter problems can cause serious problems with your automobile’s engine. Midwest Auto Care can change your oil every 3,000 miles to make sure you never have difficulties with the oil filter. If you neglect to have the oil filter changed when it needs it, it will get clogged with dirt and debris and cause the following issues. Keep in mind that some of these issues can indicate the engine is being damaged.

Iffy Engine Performance

Your engine performance is going to suffer if the oil filter is clogged. Either the engine is not getting any motor oil at all, and it will seize up and die within 30 minutes, or the motor oil that is circulating through the engine is dirty. This causes the oil to deposit grime throughout the engine that directly affect its ability to perform efficiently. Consequently, you will notice a lag in your engine’s performance.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

Naturally, this lag is going to reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency because the engine will burn more fuel as it tries to produce power. With gas prices what they are these days, this can create a huge problem for someone who is on a tight budget. If you do the math, you will realize that regular oil changes are less expensive than having to head to the service station more frequently.

Reduced Oil Pressure

The dirty oil filter is also going to reduce your engine’s oil pressure. Consequently, this reduction will start to damage the engine because you will not have as much oil flowing through it. The engine control unit, your vehicle’s main computer chip, is going to turn on the oil light because it detects a problem with the oil’s pressure. It will also turn on this light if the oil is low.

Strange Engine Noises

Poor oil circulation or no oil circulation will cause your engine to make strange metallic noises as it operates. This is a sign that the engine is being damaged. The moving parts are grinding against each other because they are not being lubricated by the motor oil. Your engine will also start to run too hot.

Increased Hydrocarbons

Finally, the dirty motor oil is going to cause an increase in your exhaust hydrocarbon levels. If you reside in an area where you have to have regular emissions tests, your vehicle will fail the test.

Call Midwest Auto Care in Lake Station, IN, today to set up a service appointment for an oil change if you are overdue.

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