Sunday, June 22, 2008

Debunking the 3,000 Mile Oil Change Myth

The commonly-held belief that your car's oil needs changed every 3,000 miles is a myth, according to Yahoo Autos, and it's costing you money and hurting the environment.
It's been a misconception for years that engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, even though most auto manufacturers now recommend oil changes at 5,000, 7,000, or even 10,000 mile intervals under normal driving conditions.

The article highlights that improved oils and better engines have dramatically increased the mileage you can get on one change of oil, and while your engine may not be a once-every-10,000 type, even changing every 5,000 can make a huge difference. So while the likes of Jiffy Lube may still recommend an oil change every 3,000, it's worth double-checking with your car's manufacturer to see if they've got different standards. Let's hear how often you change your oil in the comments. Photo by Tanya Ryno.

1 comment:

Dr. N said...

I've been changing the oil in my vehicles every 5,000 miles for several years now. I assumed the 3k standard was a conspiracy by the oil companies and auto mechanics after I heard Click and Clack on NPR say that 5k would be fine. As far as I can tell, our car has not suffered any negative consequences.