Are you changing your oil too often?

The little window sticker on the upper corner of your windshield is a nice reminder for when to get your oil changed, but it may be doing your wallet and the environment some unnecessary harm. The 3,000-mile rule is a little outdated with the advancement of technology in new cars. According to, the majority of automakers today recommend oil changes at 7,500 miles or 10,000 miles.

You don't have to flip through your car manual until you find the right page; a campaign in California promoting awareness of oil change intervals launched a website called, where in three quick steps you can find out your car's oil change interval.

This does depend on driving habits and conditions, though. If you're always stuck in stop-and-go traffic you may not be able to go as long without an oil change. The same goes for if you live in an area with extreme temperatures. However, if you do a lot of highway driving and live in an area with relatively consistent temperatures, you will be able to make your oil last a little longer.

According to The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Americans spill approximately 180 million gallons of used oil each year. Most of that oil ends up in waterways, which is toxic to plants and wildlife and can contaminate drinking water.  Changing the oil before necessary results in perfectly good oil going to waste.

It may be difficult to break the 3,000 oil change habit, but consider all the benefits of doing so before you stick to the number on your window sticker. Be sure to talk to your service writer at your next oil change to get advice on what the right interval is for your car.

To reach the service department at Mitsubishi call:
West: (800) 783-8700
North: (800) 878-8500
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