This isn’t technology news per se, but it’s definitely worth writing about. The question of the day is, how often should you change your oil? If you’re like us, you’ve always been lead to believe that it was a must to change the oil every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Even when you go to get your oil changed somewhere, they usually put a sticker on your windshield with the date and/or mileage when you need to come back and it’s always 3,000 miles or 3 months. As it turns out,that “rule” is just a myth.
A recent article over at Yahoo Autos talks about how the 3,000 mile rule is a misconception and was only necessary back in the day when single-grade, non-detergent oils were used. These days the oil is an improved product that lasts a lot longer than it used to, and the engines are better too. Because of that, most manufacturers now recommend that the oil get changed at 5,000, 7,000, or 10,000 miles under “normal driving conditions.”
Obviously the oil companies along with the companies that provide oil changes, like Jiffy Lube, are going to continue to promote the myth to get the business. Just know that even the manual for your vehicle will probably recommend an oil change at about every 7,500 miles and not 3,000 miles, if it’s newer. Of course every vehicle will be different and it does all depend on the driving conditions, so look at your manual and see what the car manufacturer recommends. I checked out the manual on my vehicle – it’s a 2000 Ford Ranger, and it says an oil change is needed every 5,000 miles.
It’s probably worth checking your manual to see what is suggested because it could save you some money in the end…