Recently we posted an article about the California legislature having concerns about quick lubes and others performing oil drains sooner than recommended by vehicle manufacturers. The quick lube association says, and this is not a quote, that the California legislature is over simplifying and doesn’t understand that these type of businesses are just looking out for your vehicle maintenance.
Quick lubes and others that do oil changes sooner than recommended by the auto manufactures have one goal in mind, to get as many cars in and out as they possibly can and make as much money as they can. Those businesses don't give two hoots about maintenance of a car. This is what the California legislatures are concerned about, that and the environment. Now, if someone wants to bring their vehicle in every week for an oil change, that is entirely up to them, it's a complete waste of time and money, but it's their time and money, they are an adult.
Did you ever ask yourself why the OE manufacturers have extended drains to a minimum of 5K, or 7.5K, some as much as 10K?
Automotive and engine oil manufacturers have evolved over the last forty years, along with everything else in this country. Today’s vehicles may have 20 or more computers to monitor and control a vehicle. Motor oils, petroleum and synthetic, are constantly being upgraded to meet new and improved standards and incorporate the latest technologies. Metallurgy and engine technologies are constantly being improved, smaller cubic inches are producing horse power that couldn't have been realized thirty years ago.
Read your owners manual, select the drain interval that best describes your driving habits, chose a quality brand engine oil, I highly recommend AMSOIL of course, and if someone says you need to do it sooner, question their motivation. I know there are other opinions out there and I would enjoy a discussion about them, drop me a line with your thoughts, Thanks.