If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re a nerd. You are probably pretty smart about computers, Magic: The Gathering, or trolling dota games, but you also probably don’t know a fucking thing about cars. You more than likely have never held a screwdriver for any other reason than to remove those annoying fucking screws that hold the side cover on your computer and that hold those stupid fucking bezels that cover up the card slots or to put batteries in your fleshlight.
That’s ok, I understand. We’ll take this slow.
Here’s your car:
If you own a car made this century and take it to Jiffy Lube, your dealership, or some other shitty place, you are getting raped. STOP GETTING YOUR OIL CHANGED EVERY 3,000 MILES LIKE A FUCKING DUMB ASS. If your dad told you to change your oil every 3,000 miles, he’s a dumb ass too. Same for your grandfather: dumb ass.
Did you know that Jiffy Lube is OWNED BY SHELL? I didn’t until I read this article. The myth of the 3k mile oil change has been perpetuated for years upon a populace that wishes to maintain its vehicles as well as they can, but the net result is millions of barrels of wasted oil, money being thrown at an industry that has been fucking the world over forever, and additional environmental degradation.
Oil chemistry and engine technology have evolved tremendously in recent years, but you’d never know it from the quick-change behavior of American car owners. Driven by an outdated 3,000-mile oil change commandment, they are unnecessarily spending millions of dollars and spilling an ocean of contaminated waste oil.
Although the average car’s oil change interval is around 7,800 miles — and as high as 20,000 miles in some cars — this wasteful cycle continues largely because the automotive service industry, while fully aware of the technological advances, continues to preach the 3,000-mile gospel as a way to keep the service bays busy. As a result, even the most cautious owners are dumping their engine oil twice as often as their service manuals recommend.
After interviews with oil experts, mechanics and automakers, one thing is clear: The 3,000-mile oil change is a myth that should be laid to rest. Failing to heed the service interval in your owner’s manual wastes oil and money, while compounding the environmental impact of illicit waste-oil dumping.