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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2012, 09:40:24 AM »
Change oil and filter every 5K, just easy to remember on my end.
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2012, 11:49:41 PM »
I guess I'm really old school then, I try for every 2000 on the cars/trucks and 150 hrs on the tractors  ::).  Still cheaper than an overhaul I guess.

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2012, 05:00:50 PM »
 :)  Today's oil has graduated from the old school to a new school.  Really, you can push at least twice that on the autos and still prevent overhauls.   ;D
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2012, 09:40:48 PM »
This what I do and its because, engines and there componets are made of better materials than they were years ago. Gas engines are injected so the engine runs leaner and cleaner. You dont have cylinders getting the oil washed out by excess fuel. Less wear. Tolerances are closer. Oils have been made better which give you more mileage. Diesels are the same way. I cange oil on my Duramax at 10,000. At 5000 I change filter and top off oil Rotela 15w40. At 10,000 change all oil and filter. Repeat, Repeat. 150,000 so far. Not much for a diesel I know but I will drive it till it wears me out. Have a 2010 suv and I use the same oil change procedure for it. Supertech full synthetic 10w30. This may not be perfect but it will have to do. I have been doing this for about 15 years and so far so good. bg

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2012, 02:50:31 AM »
We've been changing the trucks and cars at 3000 miles. tractors and irrigation pumps at 100 hrs.  Dad's 686 international he bought new in '79 has 11000 hrs and still no overhaul.
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2012, 04:54:01 AM »
We have a 2008 Merc bought new . Basically the same as a Lincoln but cheaper  .It now has just gone over 17000 miles .

I have the oil changed at the dealership because believe or not they do it cheaper than I can and I have a drive on hoist so it's easy to do for me .

The first 15,000 it was changed every 3000 and know it's schedualed for 5,000

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2012, 07:13:59 AM »
Your right Al the ford crown vic,mercury,and lincoln town car are mechanically the same critter.Take care of that Merc their not making any more,100 years of evolution they had them perfected, now all changed.My last two cars were lincoln town cars love-em.Spent my life working on fire and police crusers I'am comfy with them logistics helps too. Frank C.
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2012, 06:37:55 PM »
While better than nothing, chainging oil by mileage is not reliable

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2012, 07:08:00 PM »
Frank I've always had big old boats to drive .The Merc replaced '90 Caddy.I've had Lincolns ,Caddys,Olds Toronado ,'98's ,big Fords and a '59 Pontiac with tri power when I was a teenager .Passed every thing but a gas station .

You know with the exception of the hot rod '59  those things got just as good of highway milage as the mid sized cars .Like right now .The Merc gets 26 on a trip .My '97 Ranger with a 2.3 liter gets 26 with half the sized engine .Go figure that one .

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2012, 07:31:43 PM »
The Technology that goes into a bottle of oil these days is a very good reason to extend to at least 6000 miles on "normal" use. One must use there head on this one as differing conditions of operation will have the most affect on the change interval. I have been running 10,000KM (6000 Miles) since Gulf Oil came out with the Hydro treated oils in the late 70's.

I have never regretted it.

As far as making it a law? Well if we didn't have a bunch of babys on the continent we wouldn't need a nanny state now would we?

Can you imagine what explorers like Lewis and Clark (USA), David Thompson and Alexander MacKenzie (Canada) and all of their contemporaries would be like coming out of todays society.

This continent would still be undiscovered.   
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2012, 08:35:34 PM »
Yes Al,I'am going to miss the "road locomotives" Frank C.
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2012, 12:24:37 AM »
While better than nothing, chainging oil by mileage is not reliable
I agree, seems like everything I do is dusty, dirty, and I'm always pulling or hauling something  ;).

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2012, 07:54:10 AM »
Well yes the milage thing really is unreliable .Highway miles are probabley the easiest miles put on a road vehical .However in our case a majority of miles are less than 10 per trip so with that in mind I still prefer 3000 mile intervals .Keep in mind in the 60's they recommended every 30 days or 1000 miles .Now of course the filter was a buck and a half and the oil a quarter a quart back then . ;)

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #33 on: January 21, 2012, 10:15:50 AM »
I think it is very intersting all the how and whys of changing any engines oil  The new oils are much better the MFG of all vehicles tell you to change Later                    If you disagree send a sample of your oil to a lab for analysis  you may be surprised and of course you may fall into a situation where it needs to be changed 
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2012, 04:17:04 PM »
I change every 10000-15000 on my 05 colorado. I've always ran full synthetic and she's always ran like a champ. Never had any signs of engine problems so far, 122000 miles and counting.

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2012, 03:44:56 PM »
About seven years ago I owned an '89 Accord, got looking through the owner's manual to find something and saw that Honda recommended an oil change every 6K or 7.5K miles, can't remember which.  That got me thinking.  After all, who is telling you to change your oil every 3K miles?  Started looking around for "the source" and it seemed to be mechanics, oil companies and the like.  It's kind of like having three servings of dairy a day because the American Dairy Association tells you that is best!

I did more research and found out that most new engines can easily handle a 10K mile oil change with a modern synthetic oil.  Been doing it that ever since on my car and truck and it's never a problem.

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PS - I don't really agree with the nanny state either.  Maybe some education through the municipal solid waste disposal programs could educate lots of people instead of trying to pass a law?
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2012, 06:48:46 AM »
I just change the oil and filter in my work van every month or so.5-6000 miles. This one has 327000 miles on it and still going. :) 3.1 chevy gas.
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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2012, 09:52:08 PM »
Now this sounds odd to me so I'm only repeating what a guy at work told me today .He just bought a brand new Ford Explorer .That thing somehow moniters the oil and tells you when it needs changed via the onboard computer  .

According to the dealer once the moniter indicates an oil change as long as it's done within 2500 miles it's good .It could be 9000 miles before it calls for one though .

It's premium synthetic 5w-20 oil but still that sounds like a lot of milage to me .

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Re: 3000 or 6000 mile Oil Change
« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2012, 07:08:51 AM »
Sounds similar to how our Honda works.  The display shows remaining oil life in percentage.  The manual suggests changing oil when the display shows 15% oil life remaining.  With our driving habits that is normally around 11,000 miles. 

I asked the Honda mechanics if that was normal and they said yes.  Most owners are changing oil in the 8,000 to 12,000 range.  I suspect the monitor is counting engine revolutions.

This is the first vehicle that we have ever let go so long between oil changes.  Honda insists the interval is correct and backed it with a 100,000 mile warranty.
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« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2012, 07:51:16 AM »
I'm not exactly sure how it works .

It would make sense the computer would moniter engine temperature, running time per trip ,oil pressure and perhaps  number of other things .

With the advent of modern fuel injection and electronic engine controll they just about self diagnose themselves .Good thing too else the average mechanic would be doing a lot of head scratching .

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