In part two of our series, we explore more oil change myths and facts.
Oil Change Myth #3: Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles
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Here’s a common oil change myth: No matter what your owner’s manual says, you should always change your oil every 3,000 miles. Why does this myth persist? Because not so very long ago on the scheme of things, pretty much every automaker put it down as canon that oil changes had to be done every 3,000 miles. because of the sludge that’d build up in the engine.
The 3,000 mile rule is only partially true nowadays. Motor oil today has better viscosity, cars have gotten more sophisticated, and as a result, the mileage number is closer to 8,000 miles. (7,500 to be precise) Why does this oil change myth hang on still? Well, it’s entered the zeitgeist and there are some vehicles where you do need to do it. The only time however, that you need to change your oil this often is if you put a lot of wear and tear on your car, namely a lot of stop and go driving, heavy driving, etc.
OIL CHANGE MYTHS #4: PUT ADDITIVES INTO YOUR OIL WHEN YOU CHANGE IT
What you have to know about oil changes is that most oil nowadays is not just motor oil. It already has detergents and other chemicals present in it to help lubricate as well as protect your car or truck’s engine. Adding more additives to oil can dilute the chemicals already present, or create an adverse chemical reaction. The chemicals that are present in your oil also help it to keep it’s viscosity, which is a fancy word for oil thickness. Diluted oil can burn hotter, causing it to also burn off. As is the case with a lot of car maintenance, the final word is not us, it is your car’s owner’s manual. If the manual recommends additives, by all means add them. If not, save your money.
So remember, there is a lot of information out there. Some of it is good and some of it is well, a myth. Separate oil change myths and facts by reading your vehicle’s owner’s manual or by calling your mechanic.
This concludes part two of our series. For more information on oil change myths, read part one and part three as well.