• While many car manufacturers are recommending longer oil change intervals, this may not be such a good idea in practice. Photo: Diablo Motors (2015)

  • The reality is that going 12,000 to 15,000 miles between oil changes can lead to premature wear and tear on your engine. Photo: Diablo Motors (2015)

Greg Meier is Owner of Diablo Motors. To reach Greg Meier call (925) 526-5985.
The Truth About Oil Change Intervals

SAN RAMON − With the improved quality of modern synthetic oil products, many high-end auto manufacturers have extended their recommended oil change intervals. In some cases, manufacturers endorse driving for as many as 12,000 to 15,000 miles between services. This may be a good idea in theory, but in practice, it can lead to adverse consequences.

Over time, airborne contaminants cause engine oil to become dirty, regardless of whether it’s a synthetic or conventional product. So, if you keep the same oil in your car for 12,000 to 15,000 miles, you’ll allow that dirt to continue cycling through the engine, which will inevitably cause excessive wear and tear. To avoid this, skip the manufacturer’s recommendation and plan to have your oil changed every 5,000 miles.

Greg Meier is a 20-year veteran of the auto sales industry and owner of Diablo Motors Auto Sales, Brokerage, Consignment, Service, a Diamond Certified company since 2005. He can be reached at (925) 526-5985 or by email.

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