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How Often Should You Change Your Oil?


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Auto Central December 23, 2011; According to CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen; “frequent oil changes do not necessarily mean better performance or longer engine life. With today’s 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. By actually following your vehicle’s manufacturer's recommendations, you will not only do right by your ride and save money and time, but you'll also benefit the environment by using fewer resources."

Reduced motor oil consumption reduces the risk of environmental damage. Changing motor oil according to manufacturer specifications would reduce motor oil demand in California by approximately 10 million gallons per year.

A recent survey by CalRecycle indicates almost 15 million vehicle owners in California unnecessarily change their motor oil every 3,000 miles or less. However, many cars can go farther. For example, Toyota recommends an oil change every 5,000 miles for a 2005 Tacoma pickup, while General Motors recommends 7,500 miles for its 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.

Motorists can take the first step by checking their owner's manual or by clicking HERE to find recommended oil change intervals for popular vehicle models.

Oil Changes and their Impact – The Facts

Changing Your Vehicle’s Oil and Saving the Environment

Do you stick to the 3,000 mile rule when it comes to your vehicle’s oil changes?

Did you know…

  • A recent survey by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) indicates that almost 15 million Californians change their motor oil every 3,000 miles or less.
  • California uses more than 150 million gallons of motor oil each year. That’s enough oil to fill 255 Olympic size swimming pools.
  • The 3,000 mile rule no longer applies to most vehicles. In fact, automakers now recommend oil changes at 5,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles for some vehicle models. You can Check Your Number by reviewing your owner’s manual.

Do you change your oil frequently to ensure your vehicle lasts longer?

Did you know…

  • Just because your motor oil looks black doesn’t mean it’s time for a change. Changing your oil too frequently hurts the environment but has no impact on your vehicle’s efficiency.
  • With advancements in vehicle and oil technologies, it is not only possible but recommended for many vehicles to go longer between oil changes without compromising your vehicle’s engine or sacrificing performance.

Are you a do-it-yourselfer and recycle your oil?

Did you know…

  • It only takes one gallon of used motor oil to pollute one million gallons of water! Nearly 40% of the pollution in America’s waterway is from used motor oil. Oil is insoluble and if it not recycled properly it finds its way into oceans, lakes and other bodies of water harming fish and other aquatic wildlife.
  • It is important to properly recycle your motor oil by emptying into a receptacle designed especially for motor oil to ensure it is not contaminated with any other by-products. Mixing it with even a drop of water will contaminate it and render it useless.
  • Improper disposal of used motor oil is illegal and can result in fines up to $10,000

Do your part to help the environment and save money in the process. Check your number in your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change mileage and take action.