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California Tells Drivers Not To Change Their Oil Every 3000 Miles

Submitted by on January 9, 2012 – 10:36 amNo Comment
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Normally, I wouldn’t do a post about changing your oil. Especially on a Monday morning. I mean, we want you to keep coming back to Dr. Jay’s Live, not say, ‘The site that did a piece about changing oil and put me to sleep? No way!’ But I think you’re gonna like this.

If you’re like me, you hate getting the oil in your car changed. Seriously. It’s the worst. If you do it yourself, you have to drag the oil pan out every three months, drain your old oil, find somewhere to dispose of it (you do dispose of it properly, right?), pay for new oil, and then fill your car up with fresh oil. Not fun. If you don’t do it yourself, you’ve gotta take your car to the garage every three months, listen to a mechanic tell you that, in addition to fresh oil, you need a new do-hickey put on here or new belt put on there, and you walk out wondering how you just managed to spend $200…for an oil change! It’s definitely not a pleasant experience by any stretch of the imagination.

Well, you might not need to go through that experience quite as often as you do now. That’s because according to the state of California, most of today’s cars do not need new oil every three months or every 3,000 miles as we’ve been told for years now. In fact, most newer cars—or, even better yet, most cars that use newer, high-quality motor oil—don’t need to new oil for anywhere from 7,5000 to 15,000 miles. So, that oil change that you just got after 3,000 miles? You probably didn’t need it. And you probably actually wasted oil by getting it.

California is making a push to get more people to check how often they really need oil changes in order to reduce the amount of oil that is consumed by cars every year. They’ve started a site called “Check Your Number” to help drivers figure out how often their cars actually need oil changes. The state says that if every driver in the state checked the actual mileage for their individual car, up to 10 million gallons of engine oil could be saved every year. Drivers could also cut their spending on oil changes by more than 50 percent. And those headaches and stress you get every time an oil change needs to be done? Those could be reduced, too.

Right now, California is the only state that’s really making a push to try and get drivers to get their oil changed less every year. But if you drive, regardless of which state you live in, it would be a good idea for you to see if you could reduce the number of oil changes you need annually. You, too, could save time and money and help the environment by limiting the amount of oil that you buy for your car. Doesn’t that make your Monday morning a little bit more bearable? Especially if you’re one of the millions of people out there who “needs” an oil change right now.

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