Save Time, Money and Environmental Impact with Fewer Oil Changes, Advises Edmunds.com
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — August 31, 2010 — Edmunds.com, the premier resource for automotive information, today provided consumers with money-saving, environmentally-friendly advice related to how often they should get an oil change.
"Many car owners have bought into the decades-old myth that oil should be changed every 3,000 miles," said Edmunds.com Senior Consumer Advice Editor Philip Reed. "As a result, countless dollars and gallons of engine oil are wasted every year."
In the article Stop Changing Your Oil, Edmunds.com reveals that as a result of advancements in oil chemistry and engine technology, the average vehicle's oil-change interval is more like 7,800 miles—and for some vehicles can be as high as 20,000 miles.
- Refer to the owner's manual to determine how often the vehicle needs an oil change.
- Don't let your mechanic automatically default to the "severe" maintenance schedule.
- Get a low-cost oil analysis to understand whether your driving is "severe," and to diagnose problems in your car.
- Use extended-life oils to get even more mileage between oil changes.
- If your car has a "maintenance minder," rely on that — and not a windshield sticker — to determine when it is time to get an oil change.
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