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PassmyGas

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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2013 12:51:25 PM

Right now I can go about 20,000 miles until I change the oil in my cars engine.
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 5:43:42 AM

5000 kms
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 10:52:10 AM

Around 5000km
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 5:45:14 AM

5000 kms
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The_Waysiders
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 10:29:35 AM

6000 miles.
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Jake92876
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 10:19:36 AM

Usually around 5,000 miles
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nichols
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 10:16:37 AM

what the car asks
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Maxer105
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 6:23:05 AM

old car 3,000 ; new car 5,000
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 5:47:06 AM

5000 kms
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mohrorless
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 5:45:10 AM

3000 miles
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 11:43:46 PM

4 or 5 months at least now and similar in mileage.
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antonbubba
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 11:29:35 PM

about 6k
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espo85
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 8:09:26 PM

5k
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myst999
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 7:41:17 PM

It is about 8,500 on the Honda.
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blaman
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 9:34:56 AM

Whatever is recommended for the vehicle.
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mhradecky
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 8:49:13 AM

50% - 66% oil life.
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SpeedyGonzoMD
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 1:46:46 PM

Usually 4k miles
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 1:41:35 PM

5k for my car; 4k for my truck
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BobP1950
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 1:34:16 PM

3000 TO 5000
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Serenity 03
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 10:19:16 AM

I use to go 3,000 - 3,500 miles not I change it when the dummy icon tells me lol
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Gabilondo
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 9:56:05 AM

Once a year with the Amsoil.
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loroco1
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 9:45:45 AM

I use synthetic oil so I stretch it to 5K miles.
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sheba24
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 7:57:18 AM

3000 miles
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linku2gasbuddy
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 7:09:45 AM

5k

[Edited by: linku2gasbuddy at 1/18/2014 7:08:22 AM EST]
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 7:07:23 AM

FREDLIN writes: I have not read every detail of the answers below but here is mine: thinking synthetic oil last MUCH longer is false and misleading.
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You obviously haven't read my post. True synthetic (not made from petroleum) lubes WILL last much longer than conventional petroleum because they were designed to address the reasons why conventional mineral lubes fail.

I installed a true synthetic lubricant, SynLube, in January, 2004 when my Ranger was new and it lasted until March, 2011. It was only replaced then because during the 50K miles on the oil, I'd only burned about 4-6 ounces of oil and SynLube took the oil back for study and gave me free replacement oil. Their OCI for this lubricant is 150K miles, 4K engine hours, or 15 years, WCF.
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morrongiello
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 8:43:49 PM

5,000 miles / 6 months
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luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 8:24:16 PM

5000km=3000miles...not 31,000 miles as previous post
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CentaurChiron
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 7:02:31 PM

Maximum 5000Km (31,000 miles). That is on Synthetic oil!

[Edited by: CentaurChiron at 1/17/2014 7:01:07 PM EST]
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Fredelin
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 6:42:54 PM

I have not read every detail of the answers below but here is mine: thinking synthetic oil last MUCH longer is false and misleading.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 4:16:33 PM

RICEBIKE writes:

newer formulas for reg oil ~5000 miles
synthetic blends ~7500 miles
full synthetic~10000-15000 miles & maybe change the oil filter every 6 months
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OCI - oil change interval

reg oil - 5000: I agree and some OEMs are recommending 7500 miles

synthetic blends - 7500 miles: There nothing really special about a synthetic blend since usually there's only about 15% "synthetic" oil in the quart. I'd use the same OCI as regular oil.

full synthetic: It depends on what full synthetic means. Most of the pretend synthetics are entirely Group III petroleum which starts out as the same as Group II oil but then it receives additional processing to remove wax to improve cold weather performance. These oils should also receive a higher quality additive package but I have no hard evidence on this point. I'd be OK with 10K but 15K seems a stretch to me.

full true synthetic: There are three oils that are true synthetic oils available to the consumer. First AMSoil (Signature line) will last a year and 25K miles (last I heard); 2) Redline talks about 15K miles but this is almost certainly very conservative; 3) SynLube advertises a 150K mile, 4K engine hours or 15 year OCI WCF (my personal favorite).

With the extended usage intervals, high quality oil filters are critical. I've heard good things about WIX, Purolator and Mobil 1 but for a disposable filter, I'd lean towards Fleetguard or Baldwin as these companies have ties to the industrial sector and those filters have to be good.

Finally, the number of miles is a very poor way to determine usage intervals. Personally, I would link the OCI to how close the mileage is to the EPA mileage estimate because if you're falling short of that mark, it would probably indicate negative engine conditions including short trips, hard stops and starts, and extended idling. In this case I'd adhere to the severe service interval for changing the oil if the OEM provides a recommendation. If your mileage is at or above the EPA estimate, you're probably good extending the interval.

Of course the best way to determine the OCI is to standardize on a specific brand and weight of oil and then send a used sample to an oil analysis lab for some solid recommendations.

[Edited by: Houckster at 1/17/2014 4:17:02 PM EST]
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 5:42:47 AM

Every 5000 kms
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sheba24
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 9:17:38 AM

3000 miles
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 8:35:49 AM

newer formulas for reg oil ~5000 miles
synthetic blends ~7500 miles
full synthetic~10000-15000 miles & maybe change the oil filter every 6 months
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blaman
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 8:22:14 AM

Go by manufacturer's recommendation. On my current vehicles it is from 5K-8K miles.
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hjl17
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 7:49:35 AM

7000 km
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RadarIN
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 7:11:16 AM

one year
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bentley86
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 6:47:00 AM

My vehicle uses synthetic oil and only requires that you change it every 20,000kms. Of course it then costs $200!
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Maxer105
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 6:32:44 AM

3,000
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:50:33 AM

4000 miles
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mohrorless
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:50:02 AM

3000 miles
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:46:28 AM

5000 Kms
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2013 8:05:11 AM

been doing 5,000 in the new car
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sheba24
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2013 6:36:34 AM

Every 3000 miles.
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2013 6:01:11 AM

8000 Kms
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veee8
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:32:00 PM

I change when I can't see the ribbed section of my dipstick because the oil is too dark. The filter you pick is more important than the oil. Look at the WEB sites on filters and you'll see the mobil 1 filter is tops. I had a friend that changed oil and filter at 1800 miles and he got over 360K on two of his cars. Bottom line: How long will you keep your car. I had a manager with an 87 Olds Delta that traded it in at 50K. Car ran like a Swiss watch, never had a change, only added.
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GrizzlyRaptor
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:51:58 AM

8500 miles.
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sheba24
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:19:36 AM

3000 miles
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RadarIN
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:06:02 AM

5k
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:11:27 AM

4K
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:31:44 AM

8000 Kms
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 2:10:06 AM

I get the oil changed when the computer in my car tells me that it's needed. That seems to be at about 5k miles.
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