Halp Oil changes, when and where

dbzeag

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So my new car has about 2800 miles on it. This weekend chim and I will be attending Fur Fest and it's a bit of a drive.

Now old school wisdom that I remember stated oil changes every 3000 were just a bit excessive but not damaging. And that the first oil change should actually happen at 1000, not 3000, to clear out any machining residuals from assembly. A friend of the family will actually drive his new cars straight from the dealer to his shop and replaces the oil with synthetic with less than 100 miles on the clock.

I have a Maintenance Monitor that says the oil life in my car is around 60%. The manual states I should do oil changes every 7500.

You can see my dilemma.

Should I just wait and trust Detroit car makers that their sensors are working (if they have any actually) or that the number thrown against the wall "7500" is sufficient? Should I go and get a change earlier than prescribed because it's not like it would hurt anything anyway?

Thoughts?
 

DJBrenton

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Modern cars have an audible Oil Change Warning. It's a high pitched screeching sound emitted from the engine when the oil's all gone.

Seriously, the intervals on my car are every 20,000 miles.
 

zengirl

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I use synthetic and go every 12k miles... of course that means I only get my oil changed like once a year or so...
 

my little brony

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3k mile oil changes hasn't been applicable since before you and I were born

I guarantee you that even at 7500k if you got your oil analyzed you'd still have thousands of miles left to go. Old oil is not damaging to a regular engine in any noticeable fashion. If you were running ridiculously high compression or tons of boost or stressing that engine to its engineering limits, frequent oil changes would be important. Every other part of that car is going to fail before skipping an oil change will make any difference.

Go with the manufacturer's recommended or get some 15k synthetic.
 

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get it changed now either at the dealer our any lube shop. Valvoline has always been good for me. pick a lube shop and stick with it, as they will keep track of everything you need done and when, like air filter, transmission fluid, etc.

After that, do it every 7000 when it's warm, and every 5 when it's cold since it doesn't get cold in texas you should be fine at 7000-7500.
 

shamwow

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3k mile oil changes hasn't been applicable since before you and I were born

I guarantee you that even at 7500k if you got your oil analyzed you'd still have thousands of miles left to go. Old oil is not damaging to a regular engine in any noticeable fashion. If you were running ridiculously high compression or tons of boost or stressing that engine to its engineering limits, frequent oil changes would be important. Every other part of that car is going to fail before skipping an oil change will make any difference.

Go with the manufacturer's recommended or get some 15k synthetic.
that's not true. they only stopped pushing the 3k mile thing through the manufacturer in the last 10 years iirc.
 

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As long as you check your oil to make sure your car has some, it should be fine. I think that's why they always said every three k just for people who don't check.

No point in saving a buck on something so cheap that can cost you so much though.
 

zengirl

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3k mile oil changes hasn't been applicable since before you and I were born

I guarantee you that even at 7500k if you got your oil analyzed you'd still have thousands of miles left to go. Old oil is not damaging to a regular engine in any noticeable fashion. If you were running ridiculously high compression or tons of boost or stressing that engine to its engineering limits, frequent oil changes would be important. Every other part of that car is going to fail before skipping an oil change will make any difference.

Go with the manufacturer's recommended or get some 15k synthetic.
Ryan got the oil changed on teh Subaru every 3k miles on the nose, which basically meant he changed the oil every month... and he blew a rod like a week after his last oil change.

:lol: that fookin car
 

my little brony

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that's not true. they only stopped pushing the 3k mile thing through the manufacturer in the last 10 years iirc.
they only stopped recently because it was simply accepted common knowledge until customer complaints and straight up evidence showed that it was a scam. they stopped pushing it because people wouldn't buy their bullshit anymore and knew to not waste as much money at the dealership

that being said, even in the 90s manufacturers recommended longer intervals for synthetics
 
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my little brony

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Ryan got the oil changed on teh Subaru every 3k miles on the nose, which basically meant he changed the oil every month... and he blew a rod like a week after his last oil change.

:lol: that fookin car
yeah and it ran completely 100% stock with no alteration to computer whatsoever :p