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55 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Every 2,500 is a bit excessive. Just running Synthetic and doubling your change schedule would save you time and money and you still would be changing your oil too early. 7,500 is the norm these days. 

Depends on how old the car (and its engine) is.  Cars from 20+ years ago require changing oil every 3000 miles.  I suspect a lot of newer cars probably need the oil changed more often than the scheduled 5000-7500 miles because of engine wear.

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5 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

Depends on how old the car (and its engine) is.  Cars from 20+ years ago require changing oil every 3000 miles.  I suspect a lot of newer cars probably need the oil changed more often than the scheduled 5000-7500 miles because of engine wear.

Those estimates were based on the oil from 20+ years ago. I do the oil in my Toronado at 5,000 miles or 1 year (I often hit the time mark rather than the mileage mark) but I use full synthetic and I use a zinc additive required for the age of the car. 

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2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Every 2,500 is a bit excessive. Just running Synthetic and doubling your change schedule would save you time and money and you still would be changing your oil too early. 7,500 is the norm these days. 

I know! Since my current car's spec sheet called for conventional 5W-30, I'll probably just do that until I get rid of it.  (The dealer charges me $34.95 for a LOF with conventional oil and even offers to wash the car.) This sort of vigilance got me close to 300,000 miles on my last car ('90s vintage) without having a wrench taken to the engine/transmission/axle for anything other than spark plug changes and transmission fluid changes.

I have a feeling my next car will be technologically very different so I will act accordingly.  

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Auto parts stores can be like candy stores ... at least for me.  I was looking at the bottled oil.  Both Castrol and Valvoline offer a "higher mileage" oil which they recommend using when you're over 75,000 or 100,000 miles.  It's $ 1 more per quart.  I asked if it was worth doing if the car has been pampered and the counter folks said 'not really.'

I also took a close look at the bottle and it said synthetic blend.  You can extend your oil change intervals with the full synthetic but I was told the synthetic blend keeps you on the same oil change interval as conventional oil.

I've also read debates on Castrol versus Valvoline multi-viscosity oils.  These debates rage on and on.   What I was able to take away is that, in colder climates, the Valvoline formulation runs "thinner" while warming up and the Castrol formulation offers better protection at very high temperatures.  Since most of us live in moderate climates (ahem), I think this might be more applicable to people living in the Upper Midwest (MN, ND) and the Southwestern desert states, respectively.  That is, if this finding or rule of thumb even holds true.

When I first started driving and had my own hand me down cars I had to take care of, I used Castrol GTX oil religiously and loved that product.

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Current truck is same as my previous Jeep.  When the truck asks for it, it gets it, pronto.  5W30 Dexos II compliant full synthetic.  First service was free so I returned to the selling dealer, recent, second service and all future ones will be done where I work, with me furnishing the oil and filter.

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On 3/25/2019 at 7:17 AM, loki said:

'15 mazda 6. for the first 35K dealership changes at ~5K. After that castrol edge closer to 7500 and mazda filter. About to hit 78K in the next couple weeks.

still doing this, maybe closer to 7K, mileage is like ~89.5K

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SS Synthetic every 7K miles or about every 90 days. Escalade is once a year Synthetic based on my current driving habits for road trips and garage kept. All the other auto's are also synthetic following a 7K change based on driving.

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27 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Still going to that "perfect" dealership that "never" screws up? 

Yes, my local Cadillac dealership still is hitting 100% for me. :) 

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3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

I mean... You've admitted they aren't hitting 100%.

No dealership is perfect, but for me, the bulk of the work they do has not been a problem and it has been a while since I had any issues with them which they did take care of.

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On 3/3/2020 at 1:49 PM, ccap41 said:

I'm just about to hit 50k in a few weeks, as well. That also means oil change time for me. 

I always love oil changes, car seems to run a bit better afterwards, Looking forward to teh first oil change in the Ranger, which will happen at 5000 miles. abouit 3,250 now. Getting 25.4 lifetime MPG out of it. Not bad for a truck tht sees a lot of boost out of the Ecoboost. 

I can't understand why this is so much more fuel efficent than the multiple Escapes I have had as rentals, that struggle to get 23-24 on flat level highway trips. I hear the current gen Escape is much better from a fuel economy standpoint. 

On 3/3/2020 at 1:42 PM, Robert Hall said:

My Jeep is ready for an oil change, coming up on 50k miles...going in for service one of these Fridays.

The Grand Cherokee grows more and more on me all of the time. 

On 3/3/2020 at 12:53 PM, ccap41 said:

Still going to that "perfect" dealership that "never" screws up? 

I have several good dealerships around me, and that is one of the reasons I bought the Ranger. We actually built the dealership I bought the Ranger at when I was working as an electrician for one of my former employers. Not perfect, but good people that want to make things right by customers. 

On 5/21/2019 at 9:38 PM, riviera74 said:

Depends on how old the car (and its engine) is.  Cars from 20+ years ago require changing oil every 3000 miles.  I suspect a lot of newer cars probably need the oil changed more often than the scheduled 5000-7500 miles because of engine wear.

I never like letting them go the full 10,000 miles. Near zero engine issues, over multiple vehicles, and I change oil religiously. 

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Yesterday, got both the SS and Escalade Mobile 1 oil changes done. Checked out everything else. Have a bad air sensor on the SS, but not affecting driving and with the Pandemic, will hold off till after the new year.

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1 hour ago, David said:

Yesterday, got both the SS and Escalade Mobile 1 oil changes done. Checked out everything else. Have a bad air sensor on the SS, but not affecting driving and with the Pandemic, will hold off till after the new year.

ss probably does not see a ton of use anyways, does it?

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11 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

ss probably does not see a ton of use anyways, does it?

The wife drives the SS as her daily ride. She loves it and the power. I just hit 175,000 miles on it and it still fly's. Will have it for a long time as she loves everything about it. Last year, I replaced the died OEM head unit with a Pioneer head unit with Android/Apple play and backup camera and she loves it even more now that she can stream her You Tube music.

My daughter has already put dibs on it when I get an EV for the wife to drive as she wants it for replacing her 1999 Dodge Durango.

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Just now, David said:

The wife drives the SS as her daily ride. She loves it and the power. I just hit 175,000 miles on it and it still fly's. Will have it for a long time as she loves everything about it. Last year, I replaced the died OEM head unit with a Pioneer head unit with Android/Apple play and backup camera and she loves it even more now that she can stream her You Tube music.

My daughter has already put dibs on it when I get an EV for the wife to drive as she wants it for replacing her 1999 Dodge Durango.

Maybe a Rivian?

Neat Rivian video. 

 

 

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42 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Maybe a Rivian?

Neat Rivian video. 

 

 

Wife likes the looks exterior and interior of both the Rivian and Hummer. She wants a truck as she wants to go on her time to Home Depot to get stuff for her flowers in the yard and pots. I think I would be happy with either one, but need to do the butt in an actual chair test and see if I can once comfy in the drivers seat, get out and get in behind and still sit comfy. If so then winner winner chicken dinner. Not sure what color she would pick but I am happy with anything, will be her choice.

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6 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Rivian is infinitely closer to being in production and 50 grand cheaper.

As has been stated, I am moving slowly as my paid off, in show room condition current auto's has me in no Rush to be the first into them, happy to get the bugs smoothed out before I buy. Will be interesting to see as both the AWD Hummer and Rivian price out the same in the mid 70's for what I am looking at. 

If I win the Lotto then hell yes to a Hummer 1st edition and 1000HP. :P 

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Was under my buddy's '02 nissa -whoops- infiniti QX4 last weekend, inspecting a transaxle leak. Then I happened to notice his oil pan had a severe case of rust acne, like those blooms of rust that flake off with a fingernail. He got a pan from Rock Auto cause ni—infiniti wanted $176 for a pan (with no gasket). You'd have to see this pan, it's TINY. Looks like nissan has it sized for about 1 quart, which means the seam between the pan & the block is ALWAYS under the level of the oil. 🧐
 

Fast forward to yesterday and my son's Jeep's trans pan looks just that oil pan, so when it gets here in the next 4 or so days, I have a trans pan swap to do. Interesting sidebar- Jeep's 3.7L V6 has NO DIPSTICK in the fill tube, just a cap. Hand-in-hand with that; the manual has no listed trans fluid capacity. Should be able to find that online, I hope.

infiniti pan was dry, but the Jeep is leaking quite a bit. It's grounded until the swap.

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8 hours ago, balthazar said:

Was under my buddy's '02 nissa -whoops- infiniti QX4 last weekend, inspecting a transaxle leak. Then I happened to notice his oil pan had a severe case of rust acne, like those blooms of rust that flake off with a fingernail. He got a pan from Rock Auto cause ni—infiniti wanted $176 for a pan (with no gasket). You'd have to see this pan, it's TINY. Looks like nissan has it sized for about 1 quart, which means the seam between the pan & the block is ALWAYS under the level of the oil. 🧐
 

Fast forward to yesterday and my son's Jeep's trans pan looks just that oil pan, so when it gets here in the next 4 or so days, I have a trans pan swap to do. Interesting sidebar- Jeep's 3.7L V6 has NO DIPSTICK in the fill tube, just a cap. Hand-in-hand with that; the manual has no listed trans fluid capacity. Should be able to find that online, I hope.

infiniti pan was dry, but the Jeep is leaking quite a bit. It's grounded until the swap.

The joys of living in the midwest or east with the inevitable ton of salt on the roads. 

The MINI and the VW's did not rust much, but the Miata develeoped a case of the Ohio Tin worm, sadly. 

Ford does seem to ahve good anti corrosion protection, be interesting to see how the Ranger does long term. 

What model Jeep does your son drive, and how reliable has it been? I have one of my offspring that wants a Jeep, and trying to learn everything I can. 

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It’s an ‘11 Liberty Sport. Has been very reliable, I think it has about 130K on it. Only thing it’s needed is about 3 yrs ago it had to limp to a nearby dealer; trans filter was supposedly clogged so it got a flush/filter there. 

Jersey has been using brine for a number of years, but we just don’t see snow much at all. I think we had light snow twice last year. No major snow on a number of years. It’s all in the paint prep I believe; my 2500HD’s pans are fine at 203K miles, and the rest of the Jeep’s underbelly is fine.

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