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Keep the dirt where it belongs
Replacing your automotive filters (oil, air, and cabin air) over the life of the vehicle will keep dirt and contaminants out of the engine and your car – safeguarding your engine, your fuel tank and even the air you breathe.
Unlike some components, filters provide no visual or audible cue when they are under-performing, but the effects add up over time, causing harmful engine wear. Don’t wait thousands of miles to find out that a basic filter has failed to protect your engine.
How do driving habits relate to an oil and filter change?
Studies show most people think they drive their vehicle under “normal” conditions as defined by their vehicle’s owner’s manual. In reality “normal” driving conditions (mostly long highway trips) are very uncommon. The vast majority of automotive vehicles today are operated under “severe” driving conditions (around-town driving) that warrant shorter service intervals as defined by the vehicle manufacturer.*
For “severe” service, most owners’ manuals recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles and “normal” service every 6000 miles. However, what the owner’s manuals call “normal” operating conditions are not normal.
- “Normal”* – 6,000 miles (very uncommon)
- “Severe/Extreme”* – 3,000 miles (most drivers)
What constitutes “Severe” driving habits?
If any one of the following conditions apply, then you may be considered a “Severe” driver; multiples may indicate an “Extreme” driver.
- Frequent short trips (4 miles or less)
- Idling for long periods of time or stop-and-go traffic
- Sustained driving in hot or cold temperatures (above 90F/below 50F)
- Prolonged higher engine speeds
- Towing – boat, travel trailer, utility trailer, jet ski, farm trailer, etc.
- Dusty conditions – dirt roads, construction sites, off-road driving etc.
- Driving on mountainous or steep terrain
- Extreme humidity