Share Should you be changing your vehicle’s oil every 3,000 miles?
Not necessarily - different vehicles have different oil change needs. CalRecycle recently launched "Check Your Number" campaign to educate drivers on the "3,000 mile myth" and only change the motor oil as needed. Re-evaluating current oil change habits can help consumers save money while reducing their impact on the environment.
"With significant advances in auto technology, it’s important for drivers to understand that changing motor oil every 3,000 miles is an old default that may not be relevant for their vehicle," according to CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen. "Frequent oil changes do not necessarily mean better performance or longer engine life. By following the manufacturer’s recommendations, you will not only do right by your ride, but you’ll also benefit the environment by using fewer resources."
A recent survey by CalRecycle indicates almost 10 million Californians change their motor oil every 3,000 miles or less. However, many cars can now go farther. For example, Ford recommends an oil change every 5,000 miles for a 2005 Explorer SUV, while Honda recommends 7,500 miles for its 2007 Civic.
Motorists can take the first step by checking their owner’s manual or by visiting CheckYourNumber.org to find recommended oil change intervals for popular vehicle models made 2000-2012.