Accidentally drove 20,000 miles without changing the oil... Now what?
June 8, 2014 5:03 PM Subscribe
I bought a new Kia Sorento in July of 2012. I then stupidly put 20,000 miles on the car without a single oil change. The car is now burning oil at a rate of roughly 1 quart every 300 miles, so I know I broke something (my dad's theory is a damaged ring; roughly a $5k repair for engine rebuild).
The car came with a great warranty: 3 yr/36k mile bumper-to-bumper, and 10 yr/100k mile power-train. Unfortunately, I have voided that warranty by not preforming the most basic maintenance.
So, I'm not sure what to do now. Options I see are:
-Take it to the dealer for repair and hope they don't ask/notice/care what I've done.
-Take it to the dealer and confess my complete ineptitude.
-Go to a random auto shop for repair (another act that will void my warranty).
posted by lmpatte2 to Home & Garden (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For more detail on what happened:
A few days ago I punched the accelerator when turning out of a parking lot. The car shuddered, let out a big puff of smoke, and the Low Oil Pressure light came on. Since low oil is bad, I immediately turned in to an auto supply shop and grabbed some oil to put in the car. When I opened the oil cap, it's covered in thick oil tar and is smoking. It suddenly dawns on me that I don't remember ever changing the oil in the car. Prior to the Kia, all of our cars have had an oil life monitor on the dash, so I am used to relying on that feature to remind me. Horrified, I realized the Kia doesn't have one.
I put 20,000 miles on the car without ever changing the oil.
The next day I got an oil change, then drove the car like normal. But, after putting another 1,000 miles on it, the low oil pressure light blinked on again and the car was 3 quarts low. So, I got another oil change. Burning oil at this rate seems unsustainable, so time to face the music and fix my mistake.
Since I'm clearly not capable of handling simple life skills, I'm hoping someone out there more able than me can offer some guidance.