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View Poll Results: How often do you change your oil
every 3k 85 47.22%
every 5k 68 37.78%
over 5k 27 15.00%
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:48 PM
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I change mine every 5000-6000 miles with Royal Purple 5w30 its expensive but making the truck last is worth it
X2 for #Royal Purple. I change mine every 3k.. Sometimes a little over. But, I bought my truck 5 years ago with 88,000 miles on it and an unknown history. Other than it was owned my an older man and he kept it very healthy. Who knows whether that's true or not. But, I do it every 3k because its the old tale. And it seems pretty reasonable. Now if I was driving constantly and drove 3k a month then I would wait longer. But, somes times it takes me 3 months to drive 3k and sometimes it takes me 6 months to drive 3k. DEPENDS...

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Old 07-13-2013, 04:22 AM
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I have multiple vehicles. 5k a year is average per vehicle for my wife and I.

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Old 07-13-2013, 12:10 PM
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I change mine every 3000 miles with valveoline high mileage. It has 175,00 miles and I got the truck with 168,00 miles and didn't know the history so I want to make sure I change it regularly.
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I change mine every 3000 miles with valveoline high mileage. It has 175,00 miles and I got the truck with 168,00 miles and didn't know the history so I want to make sure I change it regularly.
X2 with 211k miles

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X2 with 211k miles

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It starts every time and I'd like to keep it that way
Same here bro

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Old 07-13-2013, 01:06 PM
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I'm at 230k and still running fine, just curious....

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:09 AM
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Twice a year, just before summer and just before winter using Penz. Plat. synthetic oil. It takes me more then a year to hit 5k miles so I just do it twice a year when the weather is nice and cool (spring/fall). That's the way I have done it with my mustang and that's the way I'm going to do it with the ranger.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:18 AM
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I change my oil every 3000 miles

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:09 PM
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With conventional oil, I changed around 3,000. But I switched to synthetic and I'll go between 5,000-7,000. But it seems that my ranger tends to drink the synthetic oil (Mobil 1), about half a quart every for 7,000 miles. I have around 17,000 miles currently.

Just want to add to the discussion- Anyone notice similar changes when they switched to Synthetic on the 4.0L?
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:29 PM
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From what I have read at BITOG, that can be normal but should slowly go back too normal after a few changes using synthetic. I'm doing another change this fall next spring I will do 12 month intervals due too my low mileage per year.

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Old 07-16-2013, 06:02 AM
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just curious to see how often you guys change your oil...im old school and do it every 3mo/3k miles because that was drilled into my head by my dad
As the quality of oil additive packages and filter quality have gotten better the change intervals can grow.

One player is how much one does actually drive the vehicle long enough to get the oil up to full temp which will, in effect, cook off any moisture which can have corrosive effects and/or contaminate the oil over time. If you do a lot of short hops and not much run time, oil change intervals should be at around 3000 or even based on time, every six months. On the other hand, if you are almost always getting up to full temp with say a half hour or more of run time most of the time when you drive, the interval can easily be jumped to 5000 miles or possibly more if the runs are serious continuous running time. Evidence of that was part of the Consumer Reports oil testing using taxi cabs which run at temp virtually all day long. They did fine and in actual engine tear downs showed very minimal wear over something like 60,000 or more miles.

When I was driving one hour one way commutes I was changing oil at 5000 miles, doing around 150,000 miles and that car now has over 250,000 miles on it with my daughter driving it The core engine is doing fine - the peripheral stuff is what is going bad, not oil related.

We actually did some oil testing on a rider's 1982 Honda GL1100, which got Kendall oil changed out at 2500 miles. Oil testing showed the samples to be excellent and easily still serviceable. He was chainging oil sooner than needed way sooner. His riding was 90% of the time long distance when he did ride.

The metalurgy of engines has also changed since the 50s and 60s too. How many 100,000 mile cars did you ever see in the 60s and 70s (if you were around then)? When working at a dealership in 1980 I saw that any car with over 35,000 miles was considered mid-high miles. Over 50,000 was like a death knell - it was high mileage and wouldn't sell. Same was true with bikes, but more drastic. A bike was considered mid-high miles in the 10,000-20,000 range and virtually unsellable for a decent price if over 20,000 (although the Gold Wings helped change that thought process). We had a customer tear down a 1975 CB750 with 36,000 miles figuring it had to be worn out. It was easily within spec and good to go. He honed the cylinders and stuck new rings in because it was apart.

Just sayin' things are different and the limits can be pushed up a bit if the conditions are right. 5000 mile intervals should be great for most. My dad's dad probably had to tear his engines apart to rebuild them if they went over 20,000 (in the 20s-40s) and oil was just that - oil, straight weight oil with no detergents.

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With conventional oil, I changed around 3,000. But I switched to synthetic and I'll go between 5,000-7,000. But it seems that my ranger tends to drink the synthetic oil (Mobil 1), about half a quart every for 7,000 miles. I have around 17,000 miles currently.

Just want to add to the discussion- Anyone notice similar changes when they switched to Synthetic on the 4.0L?
When we went to Mobil1 in our bikes the rep said we might find some oil leaks that weren't there before or that it might get past the valve seals/piston rings easier. The higher the miles the more likely to happen. My guess would be molecular size and all, changing the characteristics to be able to penetrate smaller gaps.
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No matter how I drive it gets changed every 3k regardless

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And my dad gets the oil changed every 3k in his 2013 mustang gt that runs full synthetic...

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Old 07-16-2013, 06:23 AM
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Is it worth $29 to not have to crawl around on the ground, get grunge all over your clothes and arms, oil on your hands, burn your hands on hot engine parts, pour in oil without spilling, and get rid of the old oil?


You bet!

I'm not that young anymore. If I'm getting grubby it's going to save more than that! I just did brakes and rotors on my Pontiac Vibe. I'm thinking that was a couple hundred - now that I will get dirty to save! I also learned the "mechanic" that is supposed to use a torque wrench on the wheels when he did my wheel rotation must have had the air gun set to stun. I almost stripped the head off of a couple acorn nuts, broke two sockets (one a Craftsman) and finally had to get an impact socket, grind the face down to get the hex almost flush to the surface to get maximum grip - and still it was a tough turn. The torque was supposed to be 76 ft/lb! I now have a Craftsman torque wrench to do it right and will make sure they stay that way. I will notify anyone who ever does my wheels again that I want all lugs to 50 ft/lb, I will do the finish torque at 76 ft/lb to make sure they are not overtightened. About a 5 minute process after rotation. I hate to think what would happen if I'd had to do a tire change on the road.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:55 AM
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Is it worth $29 to not have to crawl around on the ground, get grunge all over your clothes and arms, oil on your hands, burn your hands on hot engine parts, pour in oil without spilling, and get rid of the old oil?

You bet!

I'm not that young anymore. If I'm getting grubby it's going to save more than that! I just did brakes and rotors on my Pontiac Vibe. I'm thinking that was a couple hundred - now that I will get dirty to save! I also learned the "mechanic" that is supposed to use a torque wrench on the wheels when he did my wheel rotation must have had the air gun set to stun. I almost stripped the head off of a couple acorn nuts, broke two sockets (one a Craftsman) and finally had to get an impact socket, grind the face down to get the hex almost flush to the surface to get maximum grip - and still it was a tough turn. The torque was supposed to be 76 ft/lb! I now have a Craftsman torque wrench to do it right and will make sure they stay that way. I will notify anyone who ever does my wheels again that I want all lugs to 50 ft/lb, I will do the finish torque at 76 ft/lb to make sure they are not overtightened. About a 5 minute process after rotation. I hate to think what would happen if I'd had to do a tire change on the road.
Well, from my experience taking your truck or car to the shop to get an oil change is a risk and a waste of time. When you go in to get an OIL CHANGE.. They always seem to end up taking it to the next level. Telling you need this done, that done blah blah blah. Then there routine schedule is to check brake lights, turn signals, top mount brake light, tear air intake off and check air filter. Then when they get done with that there finally doing what you want them to do. Then they try scamming you into this certain brand of oil and how your truck or car needs this special oil now that its at a certain age. Blah.. Then when everything is done 30 mins later... You pop the hood and find out that the shit they took apart isn't assembled correctly, sensor isn't plugged in. Clamps are loose and so on. Now changing the oil yourself results in it GETTING DONE RIGHT... Its not about what it takes to change the oil whether your getting dirty, greesy, burned etc.. Its the fact you getting it done right and no one is SCREWING AROUND with your Truck.

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