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8 Top Auto Maintenance Myths

Contributed by mm | December 26, 2004 1:33 PM PST

For many families, spending on wheels is the largest expense category after housing. To keep your cars up and running, you will need to pay for gas, insurance and maintenance. No different from gas and insurance, you can also do your comparison shopping for auto maintenance, but for maintenance, it is more important that you know what you pay for.

Take a look at 8 Top Auto Maintenance Myths from Bankrate's Terry Jackson, which explains how you should think of oil change, chassis lubrication, engine tune-up, transmission flush and many other maintenance services your auto shop may want to sell you.

Especially, the article mentioned it's not necessary to change oil and filter every 3,000 miles. You'd better stick to your manufacturer's maintenance schedule: most recent models only require oil change every 7,500 miles.

I always laugh out loud when Jiffy Lube urges every car owner to change oil every 3,000 miles. It may mean more sales for Jiffy Lube, but no tangible benefit to you and your four wheel toys.

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Michael Commented on December 26, 2004

Amazing what you see when you work at a dealership service department -- as I do.

People fork over big $$$ repeatedly for all these many maintenance services (we're only too happy to provide them) and I suspect the benefit from most of these "wonder flushes" is minimal at best.

Our department recommends oil changes every 3000 miles, as do most businesses now. Most service-department employees (myself included) change their own vehicles' oil only every 5000 miles or so. No one that I'm aware of has had a catastrophic engine failure yet.

We don't do the flushes on our vehicles, either. Those things are generally reserved for the "enthusiast" customers who come in the door wanting them, and for those customers whose sons and daughters at college last changed their [insert fluid here] 15000 miles ago.


Michael Commented on February 22, 2006


I personally fee that the 3,000 mile oil change is dead. Gone are the day's of poor quality oils that break down. Most conventional oil's today are made with higher quality base stocks (called Group II and III) which are capable of longer oil changes. Then we have synthetics which have been around since the early 1970's and some even have a recommended oil change interval of 15,000 to 25,000 miles. Why can an oil go that long without damaging your car? Synthetic basestocks do not break down like a conventionl $2 a quart oil does, combine that with better additive packages and so forth, and you can have many many trouble free miles. I personally change my oil once a year or about 20,000.


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