How we: save on oil changes

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Three months or 3,000 miles– no doubt you’ve heard the Jiffy-Lube slogan concerning oil changes. It’s also a load of crap. Did you know that many manufacturers don’t recommend getting the oil changed for much later, depending on the model of the car– some up to 10,000 miles?

If you’re interested in learning what your number is for your car, you can hop on over here and plug in the year, make, and model of your car. Bam! Turns out our Hyundai Elantra only needs an oil change every 7500 miles. My Honda Civic? Even better– 10,000 miles! And both of our cars are over 10 years old!

It’s important to note that this number is true under “Normal Driving Conditions,” which according to the CalRecycle website means:

  • Cold weather, less than 10 degrees
  • Extreme heat, more than 90 degrees
  • Extreme humidity
  • Towing a trailer or hauling heavy materials
  • Repeated short-distance trips of less than five miles
  • Extensive idling or in stop-and-go traffic

Thanks to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for this information!

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