Everyone knows you should change your car’s oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. This has always been a quick and easy way to remember when to show your vehicle a little love. The problem is, what everyone knows is wrong. That 3/3,000 rule was for much older vehicles (read: 1970′s), but modern cars can go much longer without needing a change. So what is the driving public to do now that we don’t a handy little limerick to remember when to perform maintenance?
One Wisconsin startup thinks it has the answer with its new oil testing device – the Lubricheck. The idea behind the gizmo is this: you remove your dipstick and place a drop of oil of the end of the stick onto the device’s sensor. Next you’ll see the readout show you a number of illuminated lines telling you how “healthy” their oil is. The lights run from green to yellow to red, and the fewer lines that show up the better.
By knowing the condition of your oil you can make an informed decision about whether it is time to change it or not. This sounds much better than blindly changing it every 3-5 months. I’m all anboard for any device that will give me more information and help me save money at the same time. That said, the Lubricheck oil testing device is already sold out (thanks to good press) so I have not gotten my hands on one to test it firsthand. But for $39.95, otherwise known as the price of an oil change at any one of the nationwide service change, you better believe I’ll be picking up this little doohickey and trying it out ASAP.