How many still believe in the 3,000 mi oil change?
This myth has been debunked so many times but still a lot of people, including some of my friends insist on doing this. It seems everyone swears by the owners manual in everything but this? I've never owned a car in the past 20 yrs that said more often than every 7,500 mi. Cars now, at least Hondas and Toyotas can go to 10K and beyond without a change.
I change mine every 20k using long life oil since new. It's now on 100k and still going strong.
This is an interesting question from different views - the consumer, the user, and the provider. What should be noted is the term 'severe' and how that is interpreted. Oil change intervals become a generalized view instead of a specific. 'Severe' usually appears with the manufacturer recommendation(s) in the manual. Many times the word 'depending.' At least from my experience.
Example A: Drive from Hemet Ca to San Diego CA to go to work or 83.3 miles or 1.5 hours one way. Add the return trip and you have approx. 170 miles and 3 hours at what 60+mph. x 5 days per week. (I guarantee you he drives at 80mph and just never gets caught
Example B: Drive from Elsinore Ca to Orange county to work. Drive distance approx 46 miles maybe 1 hour. Yet, it is a hilly drive and the motor cycles through various levels of strain, shifting etc going up and down hills. Again multiply by 5
Example C: Drive from one side of town to work on the other side of town or 3 miles, through city streets never exceeding 40 mph. x 5
These are true examples: The driver in A changes his oil every 3 mths because he is old school and today his motor has 240k+ without major repairs.
Driver B is not old school and has had the motor replaced once, and no documentation to intervals of oil change service
Driver C is old school but changes oil to mfg specs at 7500 (I know it is me).
A secret to some and not to all is that it is just as important to change the 'oil filter.' Then the question becomes do you filter old oil through the new filter? Does the cost of oil come into play.
The myth is the truth you speak, it is the advancement of technology with lubricants, filtration and engine design.
An interesting article to read may be found here http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/TechnologyDevelo … ilters.cfm
But, I ask, how many of the millions of average drivers, take the time to discover. The automobile is the second largest investment of the average consumer. Should they protect that investment? With maintenance? Or do a risk evaluation?
Our 2009 Honda Fits take the guess work away, courtesy of an onboard maintenance minder. When the car needs attention, it tells you, with even code numbers that tell you exactly, from oil changes, tires, etc. FYI- my last oil and filter change went 10,300 miles. Gotta love Hondas!!!!!!!!
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