Oil Change Stickers of the Past – Examples

To see examples of Vintage Oil Change Stickers that were placed on the door jambs or the door itself.

In most cases it would be used to record the mileage at which the oil was changed.

Modern day stickers only say when the oil is due to be changed next.

Manufacturers are now saying how many miles to put on before changing oil under “Normal” and “Severe” conditions.

Oil change services probably use the “Severe” mileage to be on the Safe side.  But with a range of 5,000 miles for severe and 7,500 for normal you could get more value by making the choice yourself, if you had the mileage when last changed.

So, it seems that knowing the mileage at the last oil change is important information but it is now missing from most oil change stickers.

With this app, you can keep your own information.

Here is one from the 1960’s by Chevrolet:
See others at: http://inspectionsticker.net/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=55

 

1960's Oil Change Sticker

 

How Often to Change Your Oil?

1) Read your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual and you should find the Manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval.  Or try to go to the manufacturer’s website and search for the information.

2) The State of  California has a website at which you can determine the recommended miles to put on your vehicle before changing oil.

Click to go to the California website: CheckYourNumber.org

It seems that most windshield Stickers only tell you the mileage at which you should get your next oil change.

What’s missing is at what mileage was it last changed, so that you can tell how many miles have been driven on the current oil.

Using this system, you can keep up with all the mileage numbers.