CHANGING THE AXLE OIL Sir,
As one of the ” shy little oil company P.R.O.s” referred to by Mr. J. H. Shields of Fivehead in his letter in your September number, may I essay a brief reply to his point on changing axle oil ? To say that the carrying out of this recommendation (made, incidentally, by the car makers—not the oil companies) is expensive is absurd. Today, a typical axle drain period would be 6,000 miles and the average cost of a refill of oil is around 7s. (three pints). Since 6,000 miles represents more than six months’ running for the average car, the sum involved in relation to the
overall cost of motoring today is really very small indeed. Even for a 30,000-mile-a-year man, the annual cost is under £2.
As to those car makers who no longer make provision for draining axles, this is purely a matter of policy on their part. As I have said, it is they who specify the recommended drain periods. LAURENCE SULTAN,
London, N.W. Group Public Relations Officer, Castrol Limited. ▪ * *