Oil changes are necessary for your car, however, what you don’t know is that sometimes, there is a culture of deception regarding oil changes…
The 3,000 Mile Oil Change Lie
One of the most stubborn beliefs that people hold onto is the idea that you have to change your oil every 3,000 miles. This is not even remotely true anymore. Most automakers nowadays call for oil changes between 5,000- 10,000 miles, and the time frame can go as high as 15,000 miles in some cars. There is supporting information out there regarding oil changes. Oil experts, automakers, and mechanics have put out tons of material out there. With all that information, why do people still believe that they have to change their oil at 3,ooo mile intervals?
Part of the problem is that engines have gotten more and more complex, making them all but incomprehensible to most drivers. Look inside the hood of your car. There is a bewildering mas of plastic caps, wires, hoses, and printed labels. And in a lot of cases, some of the access points are covered, leaving the oil cap the only thing that most people can find. Adding to this issue are people that aren’t ethical, such as fly by night auto repair shops. Looking to make a quick buck, a lot of these places preach the 3,000 mile oil change lie. Feeling pressured, even normally sharp car owners are changing their oil much more than their service manuals recommend. And do you know who one of the most guilty culprits is where oil changes are concerned? Repair shops in auto dealerships.
Go to a Auto Repair Shop You Can Trust
Auto dealer repair shops are great places to get your car repaired…while you’re under warranty that is. With the right warranty coverage, your auto dealer will do backflips and fix almost everything for free. However, once you pass either your mileage limit, or time limit, that’s when you really have to watch out. Not only will they advocate changing your oil more often than you should, they will most likely charge you way too much for the privilege. In a lot of cases, car dealer service departments have been caught by special reports as falsifying the label to indicate the time for your next oil change.
So remember, you’re smarter than that. As such, look over your owner’s manual. That way you will know for sure when it is time for an oil change in Phoenix.
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