Published: Monday, Jan. 14 2013 10:35 a.m. MST
OK, Mr. Anderegg, time to name the synthetic-material filters available.
I've learned which oils are true synthetic, but I need a little help with
I just dropped an email to Zak, ready to make the change.
maybe I'm a little slow, but where do I find Zak's email address?
My last two cars have had a computer tell me when to change the oil based on
starts, run time and engine temp. It tells me to change the oil after about
8,000 miles, give or take.I'm gonna follow the light on the dash, not
Zak's theory...just in case there's a warranty question.
My dad changed his oil for the 2nd time just two weeks ago on his Ford
Ranger--he has put 200,000 miles on it. That sounds a little exagerrated
to some, but it's true. My dad only changes oil once in a great while on
ALL his vehicles, and they all have lasted well more than 300,000 miles before
they are done. His Ranger now has 350,000 and still running, his Dodge Van has
almost 400k and still running, and his Impala at almost 300k and still going
TOO,Does your dad use synthetic oil or something else that might not
be sold in the neighborhood auto parts store?
For most cars you shouldn't wait longer than about 5,000 miles simply as a
precaution. Can you go longer, sure, but the odds of having problems that could
have been avoided go way up after that. My parents only ever changed their oil
once a year and now they have a car that they nearly totaled by not changing the
oil enough. The engine was clear full of metal slivers. My brother-in-law is a
mechanic and is very sure to change the oil in his own vehicles every 3-4
thousand miles. Yes, you can go longer, but the risks for the majority of cars
go way up after about 5,000. And it is a lot easier to change oil than to
replace an engine or buy a new car. I'll take my chances with changing my
oil in my truck that has 250,000 miles on it.
Whoa NellieNo, he just uses regular oil. I always make fun of him because
when he checks his oil, he seems to use the dirtiest, most nasty rag he can find
on the garage floor. When it's low, he just tops it off and away he goes.
No special oil at all...just regular.
Interesting article but to me its over generalized. Yes you can do as the author
says, however what he is speaking about is one aspect of servicing a vehicle,
the oil change. There are many other components that should be checked Often,
things such as the driveline and associated gear boxes ( transfer case,
differentials, U joints to name a few) . Additionally air filters should be
checked as often in Spring and Winter they become a wonderful home for errant
mice. Coolant levels should be checked as well as freeze point and acidity. Then
the TIRES, as well as the SPARE. ( Im sort of smiling about tires as the authors
magnificent Toyota will have the spare upside down and can't be checked
without lowering it so they go flat often) Can you do this in 20
minutes...mmmm...bet not...all Im saying is the author wrote a self serving
article and people should look at it for what it is...self serving. ( BTW..on
that Toyota, if its 4x4 the MGF wants the U Joints Lubed each service, try doing
THAT is 20 minutes my friend) ( also don't forget to R&R the front
cover plate and 6-8 bolts ..LOL)
Let's see, my brand new $40,000 Ford F-150 recommends changing the oil
every 5,000 miles with synthetic blend motor oil. I can change it in my garage
in about ten minutes and spend about $35. Hardly a waste of time or money. I think I'll trust their judgment. They are the ones who warranty
Sorry, I'm going to continue having oil changes at about 5,000. We had an
older vehicle that had the oil changed regularly (because I could do it in
exchange for evaluating the experience), and that vehicle lasted longer than I
hoped. I'd rather take the small amount of time and get it done, and know
the oil hasn't solidified with debris. However, I will admit that my dad,
age 91, thinks yearly is good enough for his vehicles, which aren't driven
a lot of miles (200 a month?). He has always taken better care of his tractors
than his road vehicles.
MY only question is, my 2011 Kia has only 15,000 miles on it, and it is under
warranty until 60,000 or 5 years. The maximum allowable interval for oil changes
is 7500 miles, in order to maintain the warranty. What do do?
@jt - Many dealers will also demand receipts for vehicle service before they
will honor a warranty claim. One "story" around the office years ago
said they wouldn't even accept his word, even though it was true, that he
chainged his own oil at the 3000 mile interva;.We all know that a
warranty is only as good as a dealer, but in many cases he could be making more
money doing non-warranty work so that might be a motivation for some.
I let my Chevy Malibu Classic go over 4000 miles between oil changes, and got to
put a new engine in for my efforts. Most motors can go longer than 3000 miles,
but there are some notable exceptions.
Yeah, well... I didn't change the oil on my F-150 until it got sorta black.
Vehicle lasted about 125,000 miles. Same with my Pontiac Catalina.Check the oil color regularly. If it loses it's brightness get it
TOO, well depending on how frequent your father topped off the oil, it might
have been getting a complete oil change every few thousand. I had a car like
that once. ;-) Alfred, I currently own a diesel, clean isn't
a determining factor for oil replacement. It's black before the first 100
miles. BTW, it's a 1986 Vanagon Turbo-Diesel with 367,000 on it. Gets 30mpg
so I keep it going. It's 160 miles round trip to my retirement home
building site, so makes the trips affordable. Few years back got 34mpg on a
trip with two 250 gallon polyurethane tanks on top and 3/4 ton load plywood
inside (doing 40-45mph due to high profile).
@LDSareChristians---Took the F-150 to the shop because one plug kept
fouling. The guy pulled the dipstick, wiped off some oil and rubbed it between
his thumb and finger and said... "You need a complete overhaul."
Apparently, he was feeling for fine carbon grit in the oil. Dirty oil, he said,
wears the rings, letting oil past, fouling your plug. Traded it off
on a 1997 Toyota Camry 12 years ago. Change the oil on the Camry when it starts
getting a bit off color... about every six months. Don't drive very far...
just around town and maybe once per year on a vacation. Runs like a top with
130,000. Should last another 100,000 at least.
Take a drop of new motor oil, and place it on a piece of toilet paper. See how
it spreads. Take a drop from the oil in the engine, and compare how it spreads
with the new. Do this before it heats up.If the old drop spreads
much quicker, then it's time for a change.
Has anyone received a response from this guy?On another note, there
is a lot of myth and random comments with no evidence here. There is one easy
way to tell EXACTLY when you need to change your oil--a simple oil analysis
test. Costs about $20 and will probably take a few of them to get dialed in just
right, but once you have it figured out you will know exactly how long you can
go with only periodic testing/analysis after that to make sure your routine is
still working. It will cost a little more up front, but for a vehicle you plan
on keeping it will pay for itself. Keep in mind when doing this that you need a
high efficiency/high capacity oil filter that is capable of going the distance
you are going. I hope to hear back from the author that I emailed
So he is an Amsoil dealer. Figures. I wondered why he wanted everyone to contact
him instead of just providing the pertinent info in the article itself. And why
is DN providing the platform for this type of promotion?
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