New Mobil oil lasts for 1 year, but NH automotive company asks 'what about the filter'
CONCORD — Mobil has come out with a new motor oil that provides protection for a full year. However, a local tire and automotive service company said they're not looking at the full picture.
The new Mobil 1 Annual Protection brand is a synthetic oil proven to last for a full year, "or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first."
The oil contains proprietary anti-aging technology, which helps to resist oil breakdown and extend oil life. Mobil also claims that the Annual Protection motor oil showed no visible signs of sludge or other harmful deposits.
This new motor oil is projected to last for a year, but Vianor in Concord believes they forget about a significant part when it comes to oil in a car.
"Even if the oil were to last for 20,000 miles, there is no mention in there about changing the filter in between," said Harry Richos, manager at Vianor.
Richos said no oil filter can handle intervals of that length. He figures if you need to change the oil filter, you might as well have the oil changed as well.
Full synthetic oil is typically changed every 10,000 miles. Richos said even if the oil lasts for 20,000 miles, the filter still need to be changed every 10,000 miles at the very least. If the filters are not changed, they can start to collapse as they become clogged and do not allow oil to flow properly, Richos said.
Mobil does recommend their Extended Performance oil filter for extended oil change intervals, saying it meets the requirements of the Annual Protection limited warranty. The company claims this filter can provide one full year of protection when used with Annual Protection.
Mobil also suggests that car owners keep up with regular vehicle maintenance to improve your car's safety and reliability.
For those looking to switch over to the Annual Protection motor oil, Mobil says an engine flush is not required. They say this new oil is compatible with conventional oils, high mileage oils, synthetic blends and other full synthetic oils.
Mobil 1 Annual Protection is sold in Walmarts across the state. Click here to find a local retailer that carries Annual Protection.