Cut down on needless oil changes to save money

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 23, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    What is needed is an inexpensive and convenient test to determine the health of a cars motor oil.

    Even better would be a sensor so the car could indicate this.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Sept. 22, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Old habits are hard to break. Years ago, when engines were less sophisticated and wore out sooner, 3000 miles was reasonable. Nowadays, engines and oils have been improved tremendously. The comment about auto manufacturers wanting engines to wear out sooner is foolish. First, one of the big sellinig points of a car is its reliability and durability, how long it lasts. Secondly, the vast majority of people buy new (or newer) cars because they want change--something newer with the latest gadets, not because their cars wore out.

    @Hoopty6: what is a simple oil analysis? Who does it and for how much? Unless it were done for free, it seems rather pointless.

  • Hoopty6 OGDEN, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    If you are concerned one way or the other a simple oil analysis will tell you for sure and you will not need to worry anymore.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    I don't know... I think the auto manufacturers want you to change it less often so the engine wears out sooner. This is a conspiracy.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Sept. 21, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    I've always ignored the 3,000 mile/3 month recommendation that these places tell you. I figure that just means more money for them, I do it on average between 5-6k miles, never had any problems...