“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value.”
How much is poor lubrication and filtration practices costing you? How much TIME and MONEY are you Pouring DOWN the DRAIN by not optimizing oil change drain intervals. Learn how to drastically reduce vehicle maintenance and lubricant costs.
There are many hidden costs of an oil change that have influenced companies to find a more efficient approach to keeping oil healthy and reliable. A recent study on the subject found that the true cost of an oil change frequently exceeded 40 times the cost of the oil itself. Following are a few of the many factors that contribute to the true cost of an oil change:
Know the Facts: Extended Oil Change Drain Intervals mean Fewer Oil Changes, Long Term Savings and Convenience.
Consider the Following:
Marc Graham, president of Pennzoil-Quaker State-owned Jiffy Lube International, was quoted in a 2001 Lubricants World interview as saying, "At (PQS) we use a number internally that if we (shortened the drain interval) by 100 miles (for each car serviced), it would mean an additional $20 million in revenue for the company." He also explained that "if we could move our customers to get one more oil change per year, it's worth $294 million for the oil change alone and $441 million in revenue, when you include the ancillary products and services customers typically buy along with the oil change."
Up-Date: Lawsuit Hits at Jiffy Lube Oil Change Intervals Read it in the Lube'n'Greases Lube Report Section Below
The 3,000-mile oil change drain interval has been ingrained in the American conscious for decades. Conventional motor oil companies aggressively push it, oil change centers remind their customers to return when another 3,000 miles have accumulated on the odometer and fathers teach their children to change their oil and filter according to a 3,000-mile schedule.
Yet, since 1997 many of the same U.S. oil companies that continue to recommend the “3,000-mile oil change drain interval” in the U.S. have recommend, 12,000-18,000 mile oil change drain intervals in Europe! BUT NOT HERE???
HOWEVER, they have been offered in the past and then STOPPED. ??? Because, traditional oil change recommendations also allow motor oil companies to sell a lot more oil. Everyone wins but the customer.
- 1977 STP Advertisement 15,000-Mile Oil Change Drain Interval
- 1977 STP Advertisement 15,000-Mile x 4 Oil Change Drain Interval
- 1977 Mobil 1 Advertisement 15,000-Mile Oil Change Drain Interval
- 1978 Mobil 1 Advertisement 25,000-Mile Extended Oil Change Drain Interval
- 2000 Europe to Extend Vehicle Oil Change Drain Intervals to 27,900-Miles and Beyond
- 2002 Valvoline claims 100,000-Mile Extended Oil Change Drain Intervals
- 2003-2004 Mobil 1 Synthetic Motor Oil goes 28,000-miles in "extreme" conditions -- before changing...
- 2005 ExxonMobil Extends Oil Change Drain Intervals to 15,000 Miles "AGAIN"
- 2005 General Motors 30,000-Mile Extended Oil Change Drain Intervals are Achievable
Get the facts you need on how to best maintain your vehicle and make it last 2 to 5 times longer than the OEM intends.
U.S. Military Engineering Note: The Service Life Cycle of a lubricant is dependent upon the "QUALITY" of the oil and the filtration system's ability to keep it clean.
Machinery Lubrication Magazine Article ( 2011 )
"The cost of excluding a gram of dirt is probably only about 10 percent of what it will cost you once it gets into your oil." Proactively investing in reliability and machine wellness is very often challenged by the need to justify. An average ingressed dirt particle (left unremoved in the oil) will generate somewhere between five and 20 new particles (secondary particles). Some of these particles will make more particles (tertiary particles). The situation is self-propagating. Additionally, you can imagine that a single scratch mark from a grain of dirt can produce a corkscrew wear particle long enough to crush into five or more particle segments.
Justifying the Cost of Excluding a Gram of Dirt ( 2011 October )
Practicing Oil Analysis Article ( 2002 )
In an issue of Machinery Lubrication magazine, a column discussed the important role of lubrication on energy conservation and environmental protection. A case in point is the impact of clean oil on fuel consumption and emission in engines. There are many ways that a lubricant could fail to deliver fuel-efficient engine performance. Many of these are due to formulation issues as opposed to transient properties of the lubricant in service. The potential to improve fuel economy at all of the steps at which energy is wasted are enormous opportunities for advanced technologies to increase fuel economy.
Clean Oil = Better Fuel Economy and Reduced Emissions ( 2002 November )
American Public Works Association ( 2001 ) - Cost Saving Strategies using Synthetic Oil
Oil Life Extention Program ( EPA ) ( 1999 )
The fact sheets provide complete environmental, technical and economic evaluations of the top pollution prevention “fixes” for auto repair and fleet maintenance operations. You can also order the videos that feature these same P2 “fixes” at work in auto repair shops and fleet maintenance operations, and that include operator testimonials and case studies.
Auto Repair and Fleet Vehicle Maintenance Pollution Prevention ( P2 ) ( 1999 November )