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How often should I change my engine oil?


It is a good idea to change your engine oil and filter every 3,000 miles. If you are using synthetic motor oil you can squeeze out 4,000 but thats about all I would go myself.

It is also a good idea to do the following things while changing your oil

-Inspect air filter
-Check tire pressures
-Check belts
-Check PCV system and vacuum hoses
-Check for any oil or coolant leaks
-Lubricate front suspension and drive train (Most newer cars can not be lubed)
-Check transmission, power steering, brake, and any other fluid levels

By checking all of these things every time you change your oil you can prevent major repairs by catching any problems before they get worse.

Be sure to follow your manufactures suggestions when buying your motor oil. If your vehicle calls for 10W30 its a good idea to use 10W30. You can use thicker oils in the summer if you are hard on your vehicle however if you live in a cold climate be sure to follow your vehicles suggested oil weight. Oil too thick in very cold conditions can hinder the starting process and take too long to get to the top of your engine on cold starts. Oil too thin on hot days can cause smoking and blow-by. Best to stick with your manufactures suggested oil weight. Also a good idea to use ASI approved oil.

Feel free to add to this thread the things that you also like to do when changing your oil. Let us know what you are driving and what kind of oil you like. I myself personally like Castrol GTX or the full Synthetic "Syntec".



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I like Mobil 1

I go about 5000 miles in between oil changes and everything has been alright so far. At the cost of Mobil 1 I have to feel like I am geting a little extra out of it. What do you think? Is 5000 miles too much or do you think its ok?

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4,000 on synthetic is a complete waste. 3K for non-syn, 8K for syn.

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8,000 is taking it a little far in my book, but some of these newer cars are getting more miles on an oil change. And I am talking upwards of 10,000 miles! But these are VERY new vehicles I am talking about.

Most of the times its just a good idea on older cars to keep the oil changed at 3000. Synthetics can keep their viscostity longer but that dont have anything to do with the amount of contaminates that will be present over 8000 miles. Keeping it changed regularly is the key.

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Your method is outdated. This isn't a 30W non-detergent oil of the 50's.

3-4000 is an extreme waste of good oil.

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I dont know about all that. Oil gets nasty quick and I like my oil so clean you can barely tell how much is on the dip-stick. Some may feel otherwise, but I think you Diesel guys are just cheep by default. LOL... Just kidding... Wait... No Im not... LOL



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Does it matter what oil you put in. If the manufacture recomended interval is 3000 miles then it's 3000 miles. The syntec oil does not make the car run any cleaner the same comubstion byproducts are going to be made. Sure the syn oil will not break down at 3k but it's not going to purge the combustion by products either. If you want to kept build up out of your engine then shorter intervals are best. If you have to run 6K- 10K in order to feel like your saving the planet then change the oil filter at 3K and keep the syntec oil in it til 6K.

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I agree and to be honest some times I slip past the 3000 mile mark. Its not because I am cheap, its because by the time I am finished fixing everyone elses cars I dont even want to look at mine. Still I find the time to keep it within 3000-4000 miles and I only use Castrol GTX 10W30 in the winter and 10W40 in the summer.

I am about 200 over due at this very moment. I best get on it! lol



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I wouldn't trust your sorry asses to change any cars oil. You got proof you can do a good job doing it?????

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First you need to get a car looser.

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"Looser"? First, I think you need to go back to school and get your GED, "Looser"!!!! AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

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Shit home-boy, GED's are for people like yourself who didnt make it thru the first time around.



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work on your come-backs, bitch!

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Sure and while I do that you can work on that GED!

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You're such an idiot.......... I said YOU are the one that needs to work on a GED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously......... what do you expect from a retard in Canton!

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Hey idiot.... I dont need a GED because I got my diploma.... The first time around... You know.... Well maybe you dont.... LOL

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No, seriously now...... does your ignorant ass have anything more than a GED? Its shocking to hear you even got a GED........ but more shocking if you actually were in.....*GULP*... College?????????? AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAH

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How do you spell GED??

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Is that a trick question?

Allow me to answer your question with another question,

"How often do you change your oil"?

Putting oil on your bike chain dont count. LOL

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LOF 3k miles. Fuel filters every 6k miles. Or 200 hours whichever comes first.

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Rex reuses oil from his previous oil change!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That was pretty lame Stoma... I was going to delete your post but I figured that anyone who reads it will figure out your an idiot.

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That was pretty lame Stoma... I was going to delete your post but I figured that anyone who reads it will figure out your an idiot.




The only idiot here is you!!!!!!! Banned from countless forums and outcast of society!!!!!! Your only way out is by making this shit forum where its just you and me!!!!!!!!! GET A LIFE!!!! GET A JOB!!!! FUCKING LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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I caught up with Stoma in the BMW forums.

Apparently his broke ass went 60,000 miles without an oil change trying to save a buck. Guess thats what a GED will get you.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1281659

It has to be the biggest FAIL in terms of doing regular oil changes that I have ever seen. I would think just about everyone has seen it by now, but this clown is famous for being so stupid.

P.S. That really is Stoma and his idiot buddy, for all we know... LOL

-- Edited by SELLC on Thursday 3rd of December 2009 05:25:12 AM

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From my experience I would say that 5000 miles would be okay... I mean, if you really change oil for every 3000 miles, that would be a waste of oil plus it would be too often. some auto parts could tend to counter react on that. You can use the engine oil to the fullest man..



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I change my oil every 3000 miles period. Then again I drive an older model V8 that I intend to drive forever. After 3000 miles I actually can feel and see the oil breaking down.

If you do primarily city driving it is imperative you change your engine oil every 3000 miles!

Newer cars, or should I say "Disposable cars" you might get a few more miles out of your oil changes due to technology advancements but in reality most people buy vehicles knowing they do not plan to own them for more than 4-5 years before they trade them or sell them off.

So if you love your vehicle and plan on keeping it I'd suggest changing your engine oil every 3000 miles, esp. if you use regular (dino) oil. Standard engine oil is just as good as synthetic if you actually change it out every 3000 miles and regular (dino) oil is actually better than synthetic when changed at intervals of 3000 miles as opposed to expensive synthetics that people try to squeeze 5000-8000 miles out of.

Since old engine oil is recycled it's not really wasting oil changing every 3000 miles. Actually changing your oil every 3000 miles with regular SAE engine oil cost about the same money to change it every 5000-6000 with synthetic brands. The only diffrence is that by changing every 3000 miles with a new filter your engine stays cleaner.

People can do as they wish, but for me changing my engine oil every 3000 miles is important.  



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Mr. Zedd... can you be serious? A 30W motor oil? You do know what the W stands for, right? I can't see using a single grade 30 weight engine oil in ANY kind of cold weather. BTW, for the W to actually mean much, it really needs something to be compared to as in 20W - 20.

In the late '50s, there were three classifications of gasoline engine oils. ML, MM and MS - Motor Light, Motor Medium and Motor Severe. The recommended oil change interval at that time was 1000 miles for all three classifications.

Currently, several manufacturers new models feature some form of "Intelligent Oil Life" monitor. (I have to state that this is the trademarked name that Ford has given their system). Some 2011 Ford models can compute oil life to as long as 16,000 miles (caution - memory thing) or one year depending on driving circumstances.

Neither of my vehicles gets 10,000 kms a year ( we do not drive our car in the winter ) - so I change oil more by elapsed time.... aiming for a slightly longer than recommended 3 changes per year.



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For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type of driving you do.

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Yo people,

It all really depends on the type of driving you do...For example, you might spend an hour driving in your car to get to work, but you've only traveled 2-miles down the road, so by the time your 3,000miles has been clocked up, your engine has actually been running for a significantly longer priod, and in a much harsher environment, eg, sitting at the lights doing nothing but idling away...In any other form of industry that uses machinery that has oil as its lubricant, it's the NUMBER of HOURS of OPERATION that determines the service and oil change intervals !!!

The best way to go about all of this is to do whatever the manufacture recommends, and 1/2 the interval, which is probably what SELLC is recommending. Alternatively, if your like me, I just pretty much monitor the colour of the oil over time. When it starts going from a clear colour to brown on the dipstick, I change it. Irrespective of the milge, this will take approx 8-weeks or so to start happening. I also make sure that I do lots of highway miles to ensure that the "deposits" in my oil burn away, as traveling a minimum of 15 miles a day at highway speeds is the only way to get your oil fully up to temperature.

The brand of oil you use is not so important, as long as you stick with that brand through your ownership time. Every oil will have a temperature where it will ignite and burn away out your exhaust pipe. Your piston and rings etc etc "wear - in" to this temperature. Stick with the brand of your choice and change the oil often. The Oil filter condition is more important to maintain than your oil. Change it aswell !!!

So what oil offers you the best protection ??? Get yourself an old frying pan and heat it up good and proper...Then get yourself some new oil samples, and deposit them on the frying pan, noting which is which. The oil that's still smoking there the longest is the the one that will offer your engines internal components the most staying power !

Cheers,

Rastus.

PS. Shell oils are pretty damned good.

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You may be changing your oil more frequently than you have to check your owner's manual to see how you can save on car maintenance.Performing regular maintenance is one key to getting the longest life out of a car and its engine; knowing when to get the oil changed and changing the oil are vital for that process.There are three things car owners can do to determine when it's time to drain that old oil and add new these are Check Mileage and Time Since Last Oil Change,Look at the Color of the Oil and Feel the Texture of the Oil.



-- Edited by SamuelJ on Saturday 8th of February 2014 04:26:30 AM

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I do it every 5k miles or 6 months whichever comes first.

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