3,000 Mile Oil Change, False or Fact?
You’ve probably heard your auto mechanic repeat multiple times that you need to change the oil in your vehicle every 3,000 miles. But your car’s service interval in the user manual probably suggests a much more modest number. When you get your oil changed too often, you end up wasting fuel and paying more than you need to.
Auto shops use several different tactics to enforce this myth. For example, they give out convenient little oil change reminders in the form of windshield stickers. These stickers report when the car owner needs an oil change, but the mechanics put down the 3,000 mile myth because
They haven’t read the manual or
They want to bring you back every couple of months.
Many car owners blindly follow whatever the sticker dictates without reading their manual themselves.
If the auto mechanic does read the manual, he probably follows the “severe weather conditions” option, which puts your car in need of an oil change at about 3,000 miles. However, most car owners live under “average” conditions.
Over the last decade, technology has improved both engine economy and fuel efficiency, making the 3,000 mile oil change nothing but an old-fashioned, outdated rule-of-thumb. In addition to that, vehicles are made with tighter tolerance; the metal parts are manufactured to fit together exactly. Synthetic oil increases the durability of fuel as well.
Written on Friday, October 3, 2014 by