The state agency launched a website de-bunking what they call the 3000-mile myth and started running radio ads statewide making their case.
The oil change industry is less than thrilled about the new campaign. It says while it's true many new cars don't require an oil change every 3,000 miles, the majority of owners have older vehicles, and newer cars may require more frequent oil changes because of driver habits. "Most of the smaller cars with front wheel drive are holding just four quarts of oil. So it's easy to be down. You have no reserve," said auto garage owner Jerry Aldren.
The state insists drivers can make up their own minds. It just wants people to be aware of the environmental and financial benefits of less oil changes if their vehicles can handle it. "I'm going to look at my manual, most definitely, to see if it's like every 10,000 miles. I'll save a lot of money," said car owner Bruce Pressler.