Vehicle maintenance is critical to all sportsmen, especially if we take our rigs into difficult terrain, and the service needed to keep our horsepower primed and pumping can be expensive. Despite changes in oil technology and engine performance, those we trust to maintain our rides may be blowing smoke. Edmunds.com does a great job of explaining what you do an don’t need, a post that’ll probably save you big bucks in the future.
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 Driven by an outdated 3,000-mile oil change commandment, they are unnecessarily spending millions of dollars and spilling an ocean of contaminated waste oil.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.