All Motor Oil Must Provide 10,000 Miles of Safe Lubrication, SB 778

by Lauren HendersonProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMany say California tends to be the leader when it comes to what the rest of the country is going to do. Whether that’s true or not, the recent California Senate Bill (SB 778), introduced by California Senator Allen on February 27, 2015 is one to pay close attention to.

“If it becomes law, as currently written, this bill will require all passenger car motor oil sold in California to be certified by the oil manufacturer to achieve a minimum useful life of 10,000 miles when used in accordance with the automobile manufacturer’s recommendations, and to meet current automotive industry standards. The bill now goes to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. If it is approved and becomes law, it will require all automotive oil sold in the state of California to provide 10,000 miles of safe lubrication by 2018.  That’s close to doubling oil change intervals. Violation of these provisions would be a crime on and after January 1, 2018,” wrote Thomas Glenn in a recent newsletter for the Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA).

Of course, just because a bill is presented doesn’t mean it becomes a law. Lots of bills never make it through. However, it’s important to know, Glenn says that on May 1, 2015, the California Senate Committee approved this bill. It’s also important to note that according to our research, customers are only driving an average of 152 miles more than they were in 1999 (Click here for more on that.) So even if oil drains were to double in 2018, would customers really go that long between oil changes?

To read the full PQIA article including more about the bill and the unintended consequences of it click here:

10 thoughts on “All Motor Oil Must Provide 10,000 Miles of Safe Lubrication, SB 778”

  1. Would they go that long between oil changes?
    Changing oil less often has so many positive impacts on the everyday driver.
    It’s possible today to go beyond the 10,000 mile oil change, but for the uneducated daily driver, oil changes are a nuisance and an expense that can be pushed off to 10,000 miles rather than 5,000 miles.
    They are going to do it because to them it means less hassle and more money in there pocket.

  2. As goes California – so goes the rest of the nation. Changing oil (and all other vital fluids) only when needed can have far reaching benefits to consumers and the environment. It is not surprising that a law requiring motor oil to safely protect engines to 10,000-mile has made it to the state floor. This may have been helped along by many O.E.s that have made claims of “lifetime fluids” in regards to transmission, brake and power steering. However, California has the most diverse and demanding driving conditions of any state. It goes from beach to desert, has mountains and valleys, Death Valley heat to Mt. Shasta cold, massive stop-and-go traffic that can stretch for miles on end, as well as wide open winding roads. These conditions tax and test lubricants to the breaking point. The only way oil companies and service centers will be able to protect themselves from consumer action if and when a motor oil fails prior to the milage requirements is by either having a laboratory test or use instant fluid diagnostics to show consumers the true condition of their vehicle’s lubricants prior to and directly after service. Like the old adage goes, fix one problem and create five new ones. Having the answer in place prior to the law passing will be critical.

  3. Welcome to the club….Amsoil has been recommending 25,000 and 10,000 mile oil changes…and they started it in 1972… You just have to be using the right oil…..

  4. Paccar recommends 40,000 mile oil change intervals for their Paccar engine in Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks now. Our customers are using this interval with our Service Pro 15W40 with no oil related failures now and are currently in excess of 400,000 miles on some units. I think the problem with automotive 10,000 mile intervals would be more with the filter collapsing and bypassing dirty oil to the bearings. The Paccar uses a centrifugal primary filter to spin out the contaminants prior to the oil entering the engine oil filter. The automotive engine would most likely make it through the first owner and the problems would show up later with the subsequent owners making it very unlikely any liability on the part of the oil manufacturer would occur.

  5. The oil already exists for this but part of the law should include filters having the same requirement. Today only FRAM Ultra and Amsoil publically state they have capacity for 10k or longer oil changes. Most inexpensive filters are still made for short change intervals and would only bypass for half of that 10k oil change.

  6. Wasn’t the original purpose of this bill to stop the 3,000 mile oil change advertising? It did that. Oil manufacturers today license their products with the American Petroleum Institute for engine oil performance API SN and/or ILSAC GF-5. These API specifications have no 10,000 mile certification test. And what about the cars with oil life monitors? Newer cars dashboard monitor typically light up for an oil change at 5,000 miles. Are some consumers going to reset the 5,000 mile oil life monitor to get 10,000 miles without changing the oil thinking they are protected by SB 778? And what about the household with a second or third occasional use car that drives 1,000 miles per year? Keeping the same oil in the crankcase for 10 years is not wise. And what about the emergency responder cars, light duty trucks that are driven hard for 10-20 miles and then sit idling for hours at the incident scene. 10,000 miles on those oils in that type of service is too severe. I think this SB 778 will hurt the car owners by misleading them to false expectations when their engines prematurely wear out because of 10,000 mile oil drains.

  7. How would this work in states that have consistent severe or extreme service recommendations? Like Arizona? Manufacturers are setting these oil change intervals too high for people that are not aware they live in severe service states. During the summer here in Phoenix, the temperature is over 100 degrees every day; sometimes reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit. At night it stays a nice, balmy 95-100 degrees outside. Going 10,000 miles on your oil in that kind of heat is definitely going to lead to premature engine wear. I don’t care WHAT kind of additives this new “10,000 mile” oil has…extreme heat is extreme heat and, as we all know, that heat breaks down oils much faster than in more temperate conditions.

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