CalRecycle challenges 3,000-mile oil change
Should motorists change their vehicle’s oil
every 3,000 miles? Not necessarily, according to the Department
of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), which announced
the “Check Your Number” campaign to encourage drivers to rethink
their current habits and only change motor oil as needed.
The campaign kicked off with launch events in San Francisco on
November 5 and Santa Monica on November 12 to help drivers do
the right thing for their vehicles and 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,”
said 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 15 million Californians
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.
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.
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.