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Old 12-15-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule.

The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a campaign to stop drivers from wasting millions of gallons of oil annually because they have their vehicles serviced too often.

"Our survey data found that nearly half of California drivers are still changing their oil at 3,000 miles or even sooner," said Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, which has launched the Check Your Number campaign to encourage drivers to go with the manufacturer's recommendations.

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Old 12-15-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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Not a bad idea if you're not doing short trips or driving down dirt roads.
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Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule.

The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a campaign to stop drivers from wasting millions of gallons of oil annually because they have their vehicles serviced too often.

"Our survey data found that nearly half of California drivers are still changing their oil at 3,000 miles or even sooner," said Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, which has launched the Check Your Number campaign to encourage drivers to go with the manufacturer's recommendations.

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Old 12-15-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
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according to the bullshit that link gives where they want Californians to check their vehicles came back with this for mine:

A 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 gas's oil should be changed every 3000 miles.

Even Dodge says that IS a requirement to keep your warranty!

Since I learned of Amsoil I have been a faithful user since I was at 33k miles and do as they recommend - change the oil once a year or 25K miles.

I was really skeptical about this but I stuck with it. About a year, year and a half ago, BigArt (Calif Chapter) blew a piston in his 2003 and pulled the engine and rebuilt it himself. I stopped by his house one day to pickup some oil and renew my subscription to Amsoil - preferred customer and got a look at his engine in the garage and in all honesty I couldn't believe this engine has over 100,000 miles - I think he said it was 130k+?

Anywho, he showed me the bad piston and then I looked in the small box that held the factory main bearings and I could not believe it - these things looked like almost new!! Hardly NO wear on them at all! On had a tiny maybe 3/4 inch hairline scratch on it and that was it, the only one. ALL of them still had their bluish tint that you see when you buy new ones. All of his cylinders needed only a light honing. He told me he started using Amsoil right after he got the truck after the first .. 1k miles I think it was? His heads looked like they were almost brand new with just a coating of lightly dirty oil, that was it. From then on I have put all my trust into Amsoil, this crap the dealers and Jiffy Lube and those kind of places use should not be allowed to be used.. PERIOD!
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:11 AM   #4
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I use a full synthetic and change the oil once a year on both my wife's and Redtruck. When I opened Red for a cam change it looked very fresh.
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when I just had the oil changed in my company truck, Lube Stop said they have changed from a 3,000 mi. interval to letting the vehicle's engine oil life meter prompt the owner. They even changed their window cling to show milage at last change and not 'next' change .
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:57 AM   #6
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Originally posted by ArcticWolf:
Jim

according to the bullshit that link gives where they want Californians to check their vehicles came back with this for mine:

A 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 gas's oil should be changed every 3000 miles.

Even Dodge says that IS a requirement to keep your warranty!

Since I learned of Amsoil I have been a faithful user since I was at 33k miles and do as they recommend - change the oil once a year or 25K miles.

I was really skeptical about this but I stuck with it. About a year, year and a half ago, BigArt (Calif Chapter) blew a piston in his 2003 and pulled the engine and rebuilt it himself. I stopped by his house one day to pickup some oil and renew my subscription to Amsoil - preferred customer and got a look at his engine in the garage and in all honesty I couldn't believe this engine has over 100,000 miles - I think he said it was 130k+?

Anywho, he showed me the bad piston and then I looked in the small box that held the factory main bearings and I could not believe it - these things looked like almost new!! Hardly NO wear on them at all! On had a tiny maybe 3/4 inch hairline scratch on it and that was it, the only one. ALL of them still had their bluish tint that you see when you buy new ones. All of his cylinders needed only a light honing. He told me he started using Amsoil right after he got the truck after the first .. 1k miles I think it was? His heads looked like they were almost brand new with just a coating of lightly dirty oil, that was it. From then on I have put all my trust into Amsoil, this crap the dealers and Jiffy Lube and those kind of places use should not be allowed to be used.. PERIOD!
Neil - I know the California's campaign won't change anything different about how I perceive it. I have always stayed on top of oil changes and "yes" you're right. Even the "family grocery getter", a 2004 Saturn Vue, had it's manufacturer insisting on the same 3000 mile change regardless what their on-board meter indicated (5000 mi. change). Over 100,000 mi. and still running like a clock. I keep great records on all three of my rides in the garage. The only time I ever seen the on-board oil change meter go off on my truck was this last oil change. I am not sure why, unless it measures time, because it came on just after 6 months and showing 2200 miles since the last change. Regardless, I am sticking to changing every 3000 mi. (or less with a 50/50 synthetic/oil blend). I just thought the campaign was a little noteworthy for discussion for us concerned "Gearheads". Glad to see you contributed!
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