You Might Be Changing Your Car Oil Too Often

caroilDid you know that you don’t need to change your car’s oil every 3,000 miles?  I wish I knew this yesterday when I took my car in.  It had about 4000 miles since the last change.  But I probably didn’t need to change it for another couple thousand miles at least.  There are a few reasons for this.

First of all, people are recommended to change their oil because over time the oil degrades and pollutants build up in the oil itself, reducing its quality and effectiveness.  Back in the 1970′s it was recommended to change the oil every 3k miles because the oil wasn’t as good.  It wore out faster.

Nowadays however, with improvements in the oil quality as well as the car engine quality, you may not have to change your oil for at least 5,000 to 12,000 miles, depending on the car you own.  Check manufacturer specs in the owners guide.

The thing is, with millions of people changing their oil too soon they are needlessly creating waste.  That oil is usually properly disposed of when it comes out of your car, but not always.  It can end up polluting the environment.

If just the state of California were to change their oil according to manufacturer specs, it would reduce oil consumption by 10 million gallons!  That is a LOT of oil.

The onus is on the oil change places, which should be required (or self regulated) to write the manufacturer spec’d oil change interval on the small sticker in the windshield.  It shocks me that I get my oil changed at the Jeep dealership and THEY should know when my oil should be changed….yet they still write a 3,000 mile interval on the sticker.  Is it so they can make more money?  How do they know I’ll come back to them to get the oil changed anyway?

And besides that, if you have a newer car it just might have an oil change sensor that will alert you when it’s time to change the oil.  My car does, and I haven’t seen it go off in a long time because I get the oil changed much too soon.  I’m going to wait until the sensor tells me to get it changed this next time.

Should the oil change places be regulated to advise on oil changes specifications more accurately on a per-car basis?  It’s certainly not a mystery as to what the suggestions are per make and model.  I’m not that into creating more regulations and laws, BUT, when numbers and population increase and waste becomes exponentially more, that’s when I draw the line.  In this case I would be in favor of a regulation to tell oil change establishments to write the manufacturer spec on the little sticker in the window.  I’d rather save the environment AND some money.

Of course everyone could self regulate, so maybe we should push for a more grassroots campaign to increase awareness?  What do you think?

Office Projects

Lately around the office we’ve been doing a few early Spring cleaning things.  One of the big projects that we’d been putting off was cleaning out our computers.  The reason was simply that the computers got really bogged down with lots of extra files and software.  Digging in to fix them was going to take some time and effort.  This is because things get buried so deep and things tend to get so entangled.  It can get really annoying after a while.

One of our desktop computers that we use to edit video got attacked by some sort of worm.  Ok, ok.  It was our fault for not having virus protection on it.  However, the worm really messed things up quite a bit.  Norton couldn’t even get it off after it had gotten on there.  The only thing that fixed it was running a software tool called Reimage.

Now that computer is running OK, but there are certain things wrong with it.  We think that the worm killed Adobe Flash capabilities and sometimes videos on the internet won’t play.  Plus Firefox runs incredibly slow.

We went to this website and found a review for RegCure Pro, and it seems to have worked well.  Another thing we did was to delete any unnecessary software programs, like this Ask Jeeves toolbar that we never installed willingly.

We really want to just reinstall windows on that machine, but we are in the midst of a few video projects and we don’t want anything to go wrong before we finish them.

How have you dealt with the annoying issue of cleaning out your PC?  Do you just reinstall Windows?


Does The Film JFK Influence Wrong Thinking?

The controversial Oliver Stone picture JFK about the John F Kennedy Assassination is an interesting story of conspiracy.  It’s quite a good movie, and if you haven’t seen it, you should.  However, take it with a grain of salt and remain skeptical.

ALLOW ME, in closing, to weigh in on Oliver Stone’s much-discussed film, JFK. I was invited to be among those on the dais when Stone spoke a few weeks ago to the National Press Club, and I declined. In an open letter I explained:

“Your controversial picture gives the word ‘controversy’ a bad name. It falsifies reality to exploit a national trauma. It should properly carry a warning label, Hazardous to your mental health.’

“Younger people seem more willing than their seniors to embrace your conspiratorial speculations. To a new generation, the Kennedy assassination is a new experience. A generation of scandals from Watergate to Irangate, a generation of politicians sowing distrust in government, a generation of television blurring the line between fact and fantasy have left many of them with an ‘unreality immune deficiency.’

“So, they are susceptible to your fanciful what ifs,’ presented in powerful images. What if all the bad guys-up to and including Lyndon Johnson-wanted a wider war in Vietnam and therefore conspired to kill the President, and possibly his brother, and maybe Martin Luther King Jr.? What if?.

“There is not the space here to go over the many exploded theories presented as new revelations, the many pieces of fiction presented as fact. Nor to discuss why none of the theoretical conspirators from the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Pentagon, and White House has ever been fingered, or come forward to plea bargain, or to write a book that would make-pardon the expression-a killing.

“This is a time when America cannot afford much more mind scrambling. When government loses all credibility, it goes the way of Eastern Europe. When people lose the ability to distinguish history from make-believe, they lose a foundation on which nationhood rests.

“So, Mr. Stone, you may be a great movie-maker and you can certainly stir up a lot of excitement. But, at the risk of being added to the great conspiracy, I must tell you that I cannot join in celebrating your cinematic blockbuster-or, shall I say, truthbuster?”

Schorr, Daniel. “An open letter to Oliver Stone.” The New Leader 75.1 (1992): 5