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Old 04-19-2011, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who changes their oil when the computer says its time and who changes every 3000 miles ...... which is better

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3000 miles on the dot. The computer just randomly picks some time to tell you to change oil.

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every 2500 w reg. Castrol 10/30 and AC PF52 filter

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Well I mean on the 06-09 it tells you when oil life is done and dat for a by revolutions and heat... I was just wonderin

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i look at the color of the oil,amount of miles, the outside temperature it was run and who was driving the auto. with my olds 3.4L it can vary from 3000 to 7000 miles on castro syntec 5 w30. the sound also changes when it is near the oil life ind is at 10%. with a good mineral oil i run 2500 miles and change.

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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3000 miles on the dot. The computer just randomly picks some time to tell you to change oil.
I really wish you would get the vaguest of clues before you post such consistently poor information.

The oil life monitor as eluded to by the original poster is a complicated crank revolution counter with further scaling done based on starts, temps and other things that might shorted oil life.

Way way back on the mid 90s b-bodies people tested samples left in till the simple change oil light came on(no % countdown) and found the oil to be used up but not gone too far. So the factory system is adequate.

Have to figure the 3000mile thing came about when cars had carburetors polluting far lesser quality oil. With fuel injection and modern oils 3000miles is a pretty outdated idea. If you want to do miles only I would go 4-5k and reset the change oil just incase it sees your use so extreme it comes on before 5k miles but I think that would be pretty uncommon.

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i used a good mineral oil and filters on a 1986 305 caprice i changed apx 2500-3000 miles. it was running fine at 212000 miles with not a wrench on it or the trans . two drivers me and the wife. i have seen a piss poor driver screw a car in a short time to.

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I personally don't like the OLM. I use it as a guide, at best. I go more on color, time passage, and mileage. If I have had too much to drink, sometimes I go by taste. (j/K)

OLM can be accidentally reset. If that happens, then readings, of course, are not correct. In any event, the days of needing to change your oil and filter every 3K miles are long gone. I go about 6-7K on Mobil1. OLM usually telling me I still have at least 25% left at that point.

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The OLM is intelligent. Probablly a better guage then "3000 miles on the dot"... however, you need to apply logic and reason to the OLM. I have stated on other threads that the factory programs the OLM, and those factory programs can be very false. My car told me after 8000 miles that I still had 40% oil life left.

Some manufacturers have recalled the OLM for reprogramming because it was allowing for too long change intervals.

So its your call... listen to the OLM and hope its accurate, or just change after 4-6000 miles depending on time and driving habits.

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I really wish you would get the vaguest of clues before you post such consistently poor information.

The oil life monitor as eluded to by the original poster is a complicated crank revolution counter with further scaling done based on starts, temps and other things that might shorted oil life.

Way way back on the mid 90s b-bodies people tested samples left in till the simple change oil light came on(no % countdown) and found the oil to be used up but not gone too far. So the factory system is adequate.

Have to figure the 3000mile thing came about when cars had carburetors polluting far lesser quality oil. With fuel injection and modern oils 3000miles is a pretty outdated idea. If you want to do miles only I would go 4-5k and reset the change oil just incase it sees your use so extreme it comes on before 5k miles but I think that would be pretty uncommon.

Its not really misinformation. There have been several threads about this lately. GM has issued an update for the OLM. It is well known that it can be accidentally reset as well as offer INCREDIBLY inaccurate readings. Ive had it say 0% life left after 500 miles the light WAS reset after the oil change. Castrol syntec 5W30 was used. Ive also had it say 75 % oil life at 3000 miles.

It has a mind of its own and it is far from correct.

Most vehicle manufacturers STILL recommend a 3000 miles change interval for severe driving conditions, which ALL of my cars are submitted to. Such as idling for 2 hours in bumper to bumper traffic at least once a week. Driving off after a cold start.

If your driving conditions are less severe you can definitely get away with a 5000 or more interval.

HOWEVER take the filter into effect as well. Not all of them are created equal, and most are not meant to last for your extended oil change interval.

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No need to change engine oil at 3,000 miles now. Oils, filtration and engines have all benefited from advancements in technology. It's not 1965 anymore. Isn't that great? :)

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I understand that modern oil is different than the stuff back in the year I was born. I understand that they really might be able to last longer. My question is what is wrong with changing oil early. I have seen comments from some saying that you are causing damage by changing too often. How is this possible?

To the OP, I'm a 2500 mile or 3 months (whichever comes first) guy.

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I understand that modern oil is different than the stuff back in the year I was born. I understand that they really might be able to last longer. My question is what is wrong with changing oil early. I have seen comments from some saying that you are causing damage by changing too often. How is this possible?

To the OP, I'm a 2500 mile or 3 months (whichever comes first) guy.
I knew someone would ask that question, which is why I left that open. :) But that's okay, an inquiring mind is wonderful and shows intelligence! :)

Metal-to-metal wear causes more engine wear than at any other time. When the oil is drained from an engine, (changed), the oiling system loses all oil pressure and when the engine is started metal-to-metal wear is briefly occurring that is shortening an engine's life and also reducing the engine's ability to run, "like new", i.e. reduced power, fuel economy etc. caused by increased engine wear. On top of this, changing engine oil too often is very hard on the wallet, (long term), and also very hard on the environment. Also, I think it might be that the Big Oil industry is vacuuming our wallets empty quite enough with the ridiculous gas prices they are gouging us with! Personally, it turns my stomach to be donating my hard earned money to them in the first place, (with their record profits), than to also have motorists handing over their hard earned cash for unnecessary oil changes as well!

The 3,000 mile oil change was originally for vehicles in the 1960's, but thankfully that was over fifty years ago now and technology has greatly progressed from the comparative stone age era of the 1960's. I've done countless oil analysis tests on used motor oils in the past 25+ years of my automotive industry career and the results have all conclusively proven over and over again that the 3,000 mile oil drain interval belongs on the ash heap of history.

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I knew I'd get an answer from you, 1969. Thanks. You gave us something to ponder. I am not sure I totally agree, but will definately take it into consideration.

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OK i still dont have a clear answer on when to change my oil...i have and 08 SS with the 5.3L and my car sales man told me there is a synthetic blend...previously i owned a altima every 2500 to 3000 we changed it that car NEVER had a problem my dad owned it for 14 yrs and im wondering what to do with my impala?

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