The majority of car owners cycle their vehicle’s oil ever 3000-5000 miles.  But did you know that might be over kill? Some of today’s cars can run well over 10,000 miles before requiring an oil change thanks to advances in engine design, but more importantly advances in oil chemistry.  And lets not over look the fact that it’s the oil companies, and dealerships who need you to service your car to keep them in business, so they’re financially incentivized to suggest that you swap out your oil more often than you should.

Lubricheck is a small credit card sized device that can read the quality of your vehicle’s motor oil much in the same way it can check the blood sugar levels of a diabetic.  In fact, the device’s design is very reminiscent of a diabetic’s blood tester.

To check your car’s oil you simply remove the dipstick from the engine and drip oil into the device’s sensor.  By measuring the oil’s acidity or PH it can determine if you’re in need of new oil.  It’s also capable of detecting contaminants in the lubricant, such as metal particles and water or coolant.

So in theory you should be able to drive on your car’s oil for a longer period of time, saving you money, time and the Earth in one fell swoop.  Lubricheck has developed their own open source iPhone app to help you track your measuremes and last oil changes.  Register on their site and they can even send you an email reminding you of when you need to change your oil.  It’s just a shame that the Lubricheck doesn’t connect wirelessly to your iPhone via Blueotooth to automatically track data, but maybe will see that in a future, more expensive version; this one costs just $30.

The Lubricheck is a project.  It’s fully funded and they should already be shipping out devices to backers.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."