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You follow the oil life?

Old 08-06-2013, 03:32 AM
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You follow the oil life?

Do you change it when it tells you to, or do you do it every Xxxx miles?
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by unijabnx2000
Do you change it when it tells you to, or do you do it every Xxxx miles?
depends if you use synthetic or not. I've noticed by the time my mileage has reached the 5-6k I run on synthetic my oil life is rather low too. but I say go till the miles, since my oil is starting to get dark so I change it.


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To start off with I changed it when I got to 45-50%...

To start off with I'd go 10-12k miles and I still changed it by 45%. That was crazy IMO
Then slowly started changing it sooner.

Now that its passed 100k, I change it at 60%.

As much as I want to trust the meter... Going that long on the oil seems crazy to me.
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yeah, I've never had it longer then 7,000 and I was getting annoyed at myself for not getting it changed yet.


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Originally Posted by unijabnx2000 View Post
To start off with I changed it when I got to 45-50%...

To start off with I'd go 10-12k miles and I still changed it by 45%. That was crazy IMO
Then slowly started changing it sooner.

Now that its passed 100k, I change it at 60%.

As much as I want to trust the meter... Going that long on the oil seems crazy to me.
Only way to know for sure is to get a used oil analysis, more than likely the stock oil monitoring system is solid if you use the recommended oil, or synthetic oil. If you are concerned spend the 35 on a UOA from blackstone labs
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I use full synthetic and change around 30-40%. Car runs fine, top end of the engine looks fine with the valve cover off, so I have no need to change any sooner. 80,000 miles.
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I let it get to 1-2%
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Yup.
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I dont drive much it usually gets to ~20% before i change it but its only like 2 times a year
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3,000 miles no matter what oil or driving conditions. no exceptions here.
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3,000 miles no matter what oil or driving conditions. no exceptions here.
If you are just gonna throw away money then buy us all some beer.
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I use the oil life meter
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If you are just gonna throw away money then buy us all some beer.
it's $25 for 5 qts of mobil one at walmart. and I get oil filters for free at work. I've seen what happens to these engines when people wait until the oil percentage is down to 0% every time. GM even had a recall on a ton of vehicles to shorten the time the monitor counts down because of this.

$25 every 8 weeks is no big deal to prevent sludge and my VVT actuators and solenoids from sticking, and timing chain stretch.
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I let it get down to the 20-35% range. Depends on where I'm driving and such and if I have any trips planned.
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it's $25 for 5 qts of mobil one at walmart. and I get oil filters for free at work. I've seen what happens to these engines when people wait until the oil percentage is down to 0% every time. GM even had a recall on a ton of vehicles to shorten the time the monitor counts down because of this.

$25 every 8 weeks is no big deal to prevent sludge and my VVT actuators and solenoids from sticking, and timing chain stretch.
3k is still way more than needed. Why not get your oil analysed and judge for yourself? Plenty of people on here have.
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I use royal purple and normally take it about 20-30% then change it. I'm currently at 34% and want to run it out since when I turbo it I'll replace the oil, not wanting to waste $50 when I'm spending as much as I am
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All the cars I have I change the oil in, its every 5,000 .
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Either my indicator is off cuz i put on 4-5k kms a month. And my meter goes down to like 75% by that time.. If that
Or its based off time AND kms.

Every 5000 kms
I drive it hard, i dont wonna pay lots for avoidable problems.
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the thing is the more often you have new oil in the motor, the mire time you have oil that isnt settled in at its proper viscosity.

i change mine between 50% and 25% though since i drive her hard
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I run 30k mile amsoil with 15k filter. I change once a year and just slightly under 12k since last change. I also throw seafoam in there a few hundred miles before change too. I end up resetting the meter a few times in between. Runs strong.
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used to change it when it got in the 60% range. By that point it was around the 4 month mark. I did not put typical miles like most on mine which if I did use mileage it was probably 2k-2k5 miles. With stop and go traffic along with fun driving I did not want to push it.
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it's $25 for 5 qts of mobil one at walmart. and I get oil filters for free at work. I've seen what happens to these engines when people wait until the oil percentage is down to 0% every time. GM even had a recall on a ton of vehicles to shorten the time the monitor counts down because of this.

$25 every 8 weeks is no big deal to prevent sludge and my VVT actuators and solenoids from sticking, and timing chain stretch.
waste of money, most full synthetic oil wont even begin to show signs of break down until at least 5000 miles, rotella T6 is good up to 10,000+, laboratory tested by customers to test that fact.
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I change mine every 3-5000 kms
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5,000 miles, no exceptions
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