Vehicle oil drain intervals stretching in North America

02 December 2011 19:57  [Source: ICIS news]

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY (ICIS)--Oil drain intervals (ODIs) for vehicles are stretching in North America, an industry consultant said.

Speaking at the 7th ICIS Pan-American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference, SBA Consulting managing director Stephen Ames said, “Higher specifications to allow for longer drain intervals has been on a slow uptake in the North American market.”

But a shift is taking place, demonstrated by a July 2011 decision by Jiffy Lube to move from its standard 3,000 mile lube change to a “use your owner’s manual” approach, the speaker said.

Jiffy Lube is the largest US “quick lube change” company in the US, according to Ames.

Most North American Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are going to a 7,500 mile ODI, or longer, Ames said.

“Lubricants are an ‘operating cost’, and the industry loves to reduce operating costs,” he added.

The ICIS Pan-American conference ends on Friday.

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