Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oil Drain Intervals Steadily Increasing

While AMSOIL pioneered the concept of extended drain intervals in 1972, the automotive industry and competing motor oil companies have only recently climbed on-board. There’s no denying the once-standard 3,000-mile oil change is steadily fading away. Vehicle manufacturers have been gradually increasing their recommended drain intervals, and increasing use of oil life monitors has also pushed intervals well beyond 3,000 miles.

Customers have taken advantage; data shows they are driving longer between oil changes. According to the NPD Group’s Aftermarket Outlook Survey, the percentage of vehicle owners who believe oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is 51 percent, down from 59 percent in 2007. The National Oil & Lube News (NOLN) Fast Lube Operators Survey confirms customers are steadily increasing their drain intervals, indicating a 7 percent increase in average oil change interval over the past six years.

See the February AMSOIL Magazine for more information.