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Don’t Change Your Oil: Save Money, Save the Planet

New engine and oil technologies have killed the need of changing your car’s oil every 3,000 miles. Nowadays, car owners are having their cars’ oil changed every 3,000 miles only because peddlers of oil-changing services put those little reminder stickers on their cars and because old habits are hard to break.

Industry observers say that unneeded oil changes waste millions of dollars and millions of gallons of oil each year. Instead, experts recommend that car owners read their cars’ owner’s manuals to learn just how often the oil needs to be changed. Doing this will save money and the environment.

For 2010 model year cars, the average suggested oil-change interval is 7,800 miles. Porches, meanwhile, have a recommended period of 20,000 miles, especially noteworthy since sports cars are generally driven harder than most passenger cars. Toyota is in the process of changing its recommendation for its cars from 5,000 to 10,000 miles along with saying that drivers need to use synthetic oil.

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