A Message From TJ
Do you really need a 3,000 mile Oil Change?
You have probably noticed in your owners manual, or have read a story on the Internet about how you do not need to change your oil that often.
Ok, so here is the Rest Of The Story
Most vehicle manufacturers are now recommending that you change your oil every 7,500 miles under NORMAL conditions.The problem is their definition of normal is NOT normal.Under their definition, normal driving conditions would be driving from Portland to Salem everyday.
They also state that under SEVERE driving conditions, you should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.Almost all of us drive under severe conditions.
If you plan on getting your oil changed every 5,000 miles, you will likely be changing it at 6,000 or 8,000 due to everyday life.If you plan on 3,000 miles, you are more likely to accomplish your 5,000 mile goal.
There was recently a class-action suit against Toyota covering 3.5 million vehicles.Under the settlement, Toyota will repair vehicles with sludge damage if owners can prove a reasonable effort at maintenance.The sludge problem was a direct result of vehicle owners not understanding the definition of normal.
The definition of normal that vehicle manufacturers use is very deceptive and is designed to make their vehicle look less expensive to maintain.
Here are the benefits to having your oil changed 4 times a year:
- Your vehicle is inspected for any problems that might be developing.
- Clean oil acts like a detergent and greatly extends engine life.
- Seals and gaskets are much less likely to wear out and leak.
- Gas stations no longer check your oil level, so you could run low or out of oil.
- Your tires get professionally inspected every 3 months.
- Frequent oil changes will increase your resale value.
- It is cheap insurance for your 2nd most expensive investment.
Whether you prefer to have your oil changed every 3,000, 5,000, 10,000 or 25,000 miles, we work for you! It's your car and we're here to serve you.