Ford Motor Company issued an “automotive maintenance myths” statement last month that both debunked the traditional 3,000-mile oil change and promoted the use of synthetic motor oil.
“That [3,000-mile oil changes] used to be true, but not with newer cars,” Ford stated. “Because of synthetic oils that don’t break down as quickly, consumers actually don’t need oil changes as often – more like every 5,000 to 7,500 miles – or even 10,000 on the new 2011 Mustang depending on your driving habits.”
General Motors has previously stated that traditional 3,000-mile oil change recommendations are outdated. In June 2008, the company teamed with the California Environmental Protection Agency and its Integrated Waste Management board to promote the state’s “3,000 Mile Myth” campaign encouraging drivers to follow auto manufacturers’ recommended drain intervals.
AMSOIL developed the first extended drain motor oil and is the leader in extended drain technology. As an increasing number of automotive manufacturers follow that lead, drain interval recommendations will continue to climb.