Just finished a story for a future issue (March or April) about the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations and what impact higher fuel economy standards might have on the fast oil change business. Interesting research. One source who works for a company that manufacturers automotive functional fluids (motor oil, lubricants, coolant, etc.) told me that it’s possible higher fuel economy standards could lead to shorter drain intervals.
How’s that? Higher fuel standards probably mean lighter cars and smaller, harder-working (often turbocharged engines). That puts pressure on the fluids used for that vehicle. We could reach a point where OEMs realize they’re pushing the fluids too hard, and roll back their recommended intervals. That would be good news for an industry facing the demise of the 3,000-mile oil change interval.