THE TRUTH ABOUT CHANGING OIL
I believe the whole point of using a premium synthetic oil is peace of mind. I like knowing that I can trust the oil in my car to protect my engine. I like knowing that 300,000 miles down the road, I wont necessarily have to start looking for another vehicle (unless IM ready). I also like knowing that when 20,000 miles rolls around, I still have a few thousand miles left to find time to change the oil.
I used to be a pretty regular 3,000 mile oil changer. I had a very hard time believing that an oil could possibly last longer than 5,000 or at best 7,000 miles. Changing at 3,000 miles was very safe and assured me of no mechanical breakdowns.
When I started looking at synthetics, my perspective changed a little. I figured, if I was going to go out and buy a $20,000 new car, I wanted to get the most for my money. Just protecting against breakdown for a couple hundred thousand miles wasnt enough. I dont take my car to the mechanic and hope he doesnt break it. I take my car to the mechanic so that he can make it better. The same can be true of your oil.
Lets talk about oil changes first. If its necessary to change oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, then so be it. We should just do it, and accept that its an integral part of keeping our vehicles from breaking down. But, if its not necessary, why do it? Just because our Dad did? My Dad used to listen to 8-track tapes too. Now weve got these nifty little CDs that sound clear as a bell and last pretty much forever. Am I going to listen to 8-track tapes? Probably not. I dont change my oil every 3,000 miles anymore either.
WHY DO WE CHANGE OIL?
There are only a few basic reasons why it is necessary to change your oil, and they all, in the end, have to do with decreased protection of your engine and decreased performance. If these elements can be minimized, then there would be little or no reason to change the oil.