CAFE and Oil Change Intervals

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.

About National Oil & Lube News

National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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