I’ve been telling my mechanic this for years, but he says it’s just cause I’m cheap; California officials say you’re probably changing your oil too often.

Yep, you heard me. Officials at CalRecycle; the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery in California; say frequent oil changes do not necessarily mean better performance or longer engine life anymore, as auto technology advances now allow vehicles to go farther without maintenance.

How often do you change your oil? Every 3,000 miles? Toyota now recommends an oil change every 5,000 miles for a 2005 Tacoma pickup, while General Motors suggests a 7,500-mile interval for its 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. Sweet, this is going to cut down on my maintenance bill!

So why does it matter? If Californians changed motor oil according to manufacturer specifications, oil consumption in California would shrink by 10 million gallons per year, according to CalRecycle. Wow, that’s a big difference. Here’s the rest of the story from the Orange County register.

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