The oil filter is automatically changed when you get your oil changed. Stringer Auto Repair advises that it is critical to have a clean oil filter in your engine. A dirty oil filter will cause dirty motor oil to circulate through the engine and cause engine damage. If it has been a while since you have had your oil changed, the following problems are signs that the oil filter is clogged.
Reduced Engine Performance
You will notice a reduction in your engine’s performance because the dirty motor oil is depositing grime throughout the engine. This causes the engine to act sluggish. Consequently, the engine will continue to perform poorly until you get the oil changed and a new oil filter put in the automobile. Hopefully, there will be no engine damage from the dirty motor oil.
Reduction in Fuel Efficiency
Unfortunately, you will also end up with a reduction in your automobile’s fuel efficiency because the engine is performing poorly. You can only get excellent gas mileage when the engine is running as efficiently as it can. A poor-performing engine is going to burn more fuel as it tries to produce power. You will have to fill up more often.
Reduction in Oil Pressure
Another thing that will be reduced is the oil pressure in your engine. When this happens, the oil does not circulate through the engine with its normal force. This, too, can affect your engine’s performance and damage it. Because the oil pressure is low, the engine control module will turn on the oil light on the dashboard to warn you of a problem.
Strange Metallic Noises
You have a serious problem if you hear metallic noises coming from the engine. This is a sign that the parts are not being lubricated by the motor oil. This suggests that the motor oil is stuck behind the clogged oil filter and cannot circulate through the engine. Continuing to drive your automobile can damage the engine in less than 30 minutes.
Increased Exhaust Hydrocarbons
Finally, there will be an increase in the hydrocarbons in your vehicle’s exhaust because of the dirty motor oil. Consequently, if your vehicle is due for an emissions test, it will likely fail it. The dirty motor oil and clogged oil filter will push the hydrocarbon levels above the maximum requirements.
Stringer Auto Repair in Johnstown, OH, would be happy to change your motor oil and filter, so call us today to set up a service appointment for your automobile.