Changing a car’s engine oil may be one of the most basic aspects of car maintenance, but it’s also one that should never be overlooked.
When it comes to ‘change oil,’ there are two factors to consider: kilometers driven and the age of the oil. If the specific type of product recommends changing after 5,000km, it should be replaced around that point. But if the car doesn’t rack up enough mileage, the oil should still be changed after several months.
Some people have this done once every six months, regardless of the kilometers. It may sound costly, but at least it ensures that the engine is kept in tip-top shape.
As for this Subaru XV pictured here, the owner—for whatever reason—disregarded all these factors. This Crosstrek, as it is called in other markets, was bought brand-new about two years prior to this video and has since been driven for 36,315km, but its engine oil was never replaced. At this point in the vehicle’s life, it should have been replaced at least seven times already if the 5,000km interval was to be followed.
The owner of the video, YouTube channel 2stroketurbo, was tasked to conduct maintenance on this Subie, and the fluids that came out of the car looked absolutely disheartening. We’re not really sure if you could even call it oil anymore, because it just looked like black sludge. Frankly, the owner should just feel lucky the engine didn’t just suddenly give out.
The mechanic was just happy to not see any metal parts fall out of the drain plug, but there’s a good chance that the damage has already been done on the inside. Guess they’ll never know until they open the poor boxer engine up.
You can see just how filthy the engine oil looks through the full clip below. And in case you know of someone who needs a reminder of just how important basic car maintenance is, you can probably show them this.
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