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Pax Regis
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
People who still do an oil change every 3,000 miles are suckers. Probably get their car serviced at the dealer all the time too.


Dantheman504
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
Without it your windshield wipers will stop working.


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Nawlens Gator
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?

My truck tells me when it wants it's oil changed.



billjamin
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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Probably get their car serviced at the dealer all the time too.


Same people who only go to dealership body shops because they're "better".
This post was edited on 7/22 at 2:49 pm


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Jor Jor The Dinosaur
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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3 month, 3000 miles harkens back to the days of carbureted engines and really doesn't apply anymore.
Yep, but places like Jiffy Lube probably still push it.

I use synthetic and change my oil between 8-10k miles. I set the car to warn me at 8k, and I get off my arse and do it sometime shortly (not immediately) thereafter.


Pax Regis
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Alabama
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
Sadly this past year I think I went about a year and 15,000 miles between changes. That’s extreme for me but everything was fine.


Hogwarts
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
Oil every 5 thousand miles, blinker fluid every 3 thousand.


kjp811
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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My truck tells me when it wants it's oil changed.


If your truck is a GM or Ford, it monitors your driving habits to let you know when you need to change it.


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billjamin
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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blinker fluid every 3 thousand.


Whoa now, only if you have ceramic muffler bearings, which you should change every 5k miles.


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RockinDood
Member since Aug 2020
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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I understand the need depends on mileage, but why every year?


This is BS. I read on tiktok that it’s cause oil evaporates. It’s ok though you can just add water to it and be fine.


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Jor Jor The Dinosaur
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
Yeah, I'm not surprised that it was fine at 15k.

I usually use Mobil 1 Extended which says it can go 20,000, but I figure it's better not to test it. It's something like $40 and 15 minutes of my time maybe twice a year.

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AUriptide
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
My Tacoma manual says every 10,000 miles, so that's what I'm doing. I ignore the 3000-5000 mile these oil change places put on the sticker.


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Mouth
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Member since Jan 2008
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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but why every year?


you're mistaken. you change your blinker fluid every year, you change your oil every 5000 miles.

eta. should of read page 2 before commenting.
This post was edited on 7/22 at 3:09 pm


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SantaFe
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Member since Apr 2019
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
When I was in the Army we were running a study of Chevy pickups and engine oil usage. One group never got their oil changed, just topped off if needed. The other group got an oil change every 4000 miles. Both sets showed a similar result in engine life. Do you know how much oil the US Army buys each year?


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Rando
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
I do 10k oil changes. 20k filter changes.



USMEagles
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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You have a better chance of having an engine failure due to the oil change people screwing up than you do from the oil going bad. The more you screw with it, the more chances you have for someone to mess up.


Now that's the truth, but I either change my own oil or take the car into the stealership. Once it's out of warranty, I'll do it all myself. I use a torque wrench, the right crush washer, the correct oil, etc.

My vehicle has a turbo and mostly gets driven in Atlanta rush hour traffic, so I feel it's wise to be a little more diligent than I might be otherwise.


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Hangover Haven
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
My wife, before we got married, drove around in an Accord where the oil was so low it didn't show up on the dip stick...

Kudos to Honda engines for surviving 98% of it's women drivers...

This post was edited on 7/22 at 5:00 pm


SpotCheckBilly
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
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Kudos to Honda engines for surviving 98% of it's women drivers...


Our's didn't.


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Mariner
LSU Fan
Mandeville, LA
Member since Jul 2009
1000 posts

re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
I change the oil every 5,000 miles or so. On one of my lower daily mileage cars, I change it every 6 months. There are a lot of moving parts including the timing chain which all depends on proper lubrication.

Is what I do overkill? More than likely, but I can say that with the 5 cars I have owned in my life, I have never had an engine issue and have owned all cars more than ten years. It is a small expense compared to the risk.

Many cars come with an oil life monitor, which is an algorithm and not just a time/mileage based meter. Refer to that if you are unsure and want to get as much bang for your buck.

That being said, the least life I had on my oil before a change was 30%.


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bolovesLSU
Member since Oct 2013
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re: Why is time important to change motor oil?
You be changin’ yo oil mayn? I got the original oil in my charga? Some fool gonna get a tax refund and buy dat bitch at the buy here pay here when I dont pays. Another brother riding dirty with expired temp tags


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