3,000 mile myth

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Oil being drained from a car.

The 3,000 mile myth refers to a common belief, particularly in the United States, that all cars should have their motor oil changed at least every 3,000 miles (4,800 km) to maintain their car engine correctly. Efforts are under way to convince the public that this is not necessary, and that people should follow the advice given in their owner's manual rather than the advice of the oil-change businesses.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ State says many drivers change oil too often
  2. ^ Newton, Richard. 101 Projects for Your Corvette 1984-1996. MotorBooks International. pp. 20–. ISBN 9781610607933. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Karp, Gregory; Staff, Chicago Tribune (2013-08-20). Spending Smart: A Consumer's Guide to Saving Money and Making Good Financial Decisions. Agate Publishing. pp. 86–. ISBN 9781572844520. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Stop Changing Your Oil Breaking the 3,000-Mile Habit

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