Think you need an oil change?
Don't go by the sticker on the windshield or by what your service center suggests! Chances are good you don't need an oil change as often as you think.
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• Some synthetic oils can go up to 15,000 miles before needing to be changed. Always check your vehicle’s manual for its recommended oil change interval.
• Synthetic oil is not only refined but also distilled, purified, and broken down into its basic molecules. This process not only removes more impurities from the crude oil but also enables individual molecules in the oil to be tailored to the demands of modern engines. These customized molecules provide higher levels of protection and performance than conventional oils.
• Less frequent oil changes means more money in your wallet. Some new vehicles can go as long as 15,000 miles before needing an oil change, usually with synthetic oil. Synthetic oil may cost a bit more up front, but it can save you money in the long-run.
• Used oil can contain contaminants such as lead, arsenic, chlorinated compounds and more. One gallon of used oil can contaminate one million gallons of drinking water.
• Used oil and oil filters are recyclable. Recycling these items keeps our land and waterways clean, healthy, and available for us all to enjoy.
• Today’s modern engines are built to run cleaner and more efficient than ever, and many can go longer than the standard 3,000-mile oil change interval. Always check your vehicle’s manual for its recommended oil change interval.
• Using synthetic oil can prolong the life of your engine by keeping it cleaner and offering better wear protection. It also reduces the used oil waste stream, which is one of the largest hazardous waste streams in California.
• Synthetic oil reduces engine maintenance costs without reducing engine performance.
Resources at Your Fingertips
CalRecycle has certified over 3,000 used oil collection centers throughout the state. These centers will accept used oil and oil filters from the public free of charge. Visit www.WasteFreeSD.org to find one that's convenient for you.
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