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Old 10-18-16, 06:12 PM
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how often do you change oil in vehicle

reason I ask is it used to be done every 3 k miles. now I hear some can got 15000 miles so how about you?
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Old 10-18-16, 06:16 PM
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Car - 7500, full synthetic
Cycle - once a season... usually ~2000-3000, dinosaur oil
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Old 10-18-16, 06:20 PM
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I saw some where amsoil can go 25k lol that's nuts
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Old 10-18-16, 06:32 PM
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My car, every 5 to 7 k mi. My bike, annual complete tear down and grease.
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Old 10-18-16, 06:36 PM
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Miles are one consideration.... so is weather. Change the oil every quarter/season.... or 5K... whichever comes first.
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Old 10-18-16, 06:56 PM
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5k or after a really long hard trip when applicable.
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Old 10-18-16, 08:32 PM
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I'm afraid I've fallen into the lazy habit of letting my vehicles go about 8000 to 10000. Do the filter every time though. I just use the same 10-40 weight in my vehicles that I started with......Quaker State petroleum based lately.

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Old 10-18-16, 08:40 PM
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Every two years, shortly before the required emissions check. That's typically about 7000 miles (my bicycles see much higher mileages).
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Old 10-18-16, 10:29 PM
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10K miles here, using Mobil 1 and wix filters. Ive got about 120K miles on the engine now, and every other oil change I send a sample off to blackstone labs for analysis. Nothing out of the ordinary has shown up, so it must be working out ok. I do check it periodically to make sure nothing has suddenly started to leak or foul up otherwise.
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Old 10-19-16, 03:32 AM
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15,000 MILES! No. 15,000 KILOMETRES is normal these days. That's about 9,400 miles. 7,500 km is recommended for people who want to take good care. That's 4,700 Miles. 3,000 miles seems low.

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Old 10-19-16, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
Miles are one consideration.... so is weather. Change the oil every quarter/season.... or 5K... whichever comes first.
Add warranty to that also. I change at 5000 miles because I have to. Else I use Mobil 1 and would change at 10,000 miles.
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Old 10-19-16, 07:07 AM
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Add warranty to that also. I change at 5000 miles because I have to. Else I use Mobil 1 and would change at 10,000 miles.
Correct. I keep cars a long time... so warranty isn't always a concern. But I do have a car at this time that still has factory coverage. That car I take to the dealership for the oil changes... where they check for recalls such.
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I recall the issue they had with the oil sludging up in the late 70's to early 80's. Ford used it exclusively at their dealers for a while, and caused the cam shaft to score from oil starvation down the shaft. The two motors we put in that crappy little 4cyl Fox body wasn't worth the trouble. Haven't used their oil since, even though I know they have changed and improved.
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Old 10-19-16, 07:25 AM
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Correct. I keep cars a long time... so warranty isn't always a concern. But I do have a car at this time that still has factory coverage. That car I take to the dealership for the oil changes... where they check for recalls such.
Likewise. I have a Honda Pilot (2013) with "maintenance minder." It monitors remaining oil life, as a %, based on your driving conditions and habits. If I were to let it go to say 10%, I'd be getting around 10,000 mi per change. Too old school though, generally change it at 30% or so. It uses 0w-20 synthetic which is like water to me.
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I'm old school on this. I shoot for 3000, but don't feel badly if it goes over by a 1000 or so. That's probably excessive, but I get a lot of miles out of my vehicles.

I grew up in the country where we did a lot of driving on dusty gravel roads. Back then (70s & 80s), my dad changed oil every 2000.
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Old 10-19-16, 08:06 AM
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If it is a modern car I'd say if you're doing it every 3,000 miles you are probably wasting oil, but I'd check with the manufacture recommendation. On my Honda I believe they recommend 10,000 miles unless there is some other kind of situation (climate etc.) then it is 5,000 miles.
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Old 10-19-16, 08:31 AM
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unless you're operating a vehicle in extreme conditions...hot, dusty, towing, etc. just go with the mfg rec.

3K is marketing hype to sell oil changes.

I do it on 5K mile intervals...easy to just look at the odometer to know when it's time...5, 10, 15, 20, 25K...
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Old 10-19-16, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
5k or after a really long hard trip when applicable.
this. But my car is 14 years old.
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Old 10-19-16, 08:57 AM
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I do the recommended 10,000 mile intervals with 0W20 synthetic. (synthetic is expensive, so the longer intervals are nice.) It's a Prius.
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Old 10-19-16, 09:03 AM
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I do mine every 15,000.

120,000 miles and no problems. Synthetic oil.
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Old 10-19-16, 09:18 AM
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I do mine every 15,000.

120,000 miles and no problems. Synthetic oil.
Buddy of mine does this as well, only changes the filter out halfway on the oil change interval. Seems to be working well for him. He has a Corolla with a zillion miles on it and it runs like a top.
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When the oil change light comes on. ~7500-8500 miles
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Depends on the vehicle. I go with the manufacturer recommendation typically, unless there's reason to do so sooner such as heavy service. One of mine is every 15,000 miles or 12 months, the other is every 10,000 miles or 12 months. Both specify full synthetic oil and use over six quarts in the system. Non-synthetic lower capacity motors often call for shorter oil change intervals.
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