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My 2012 Ram is 13 months old.

Since new, I have already changed the oil 2x. The first oil change being in March 2013, 4 months after the purchase to flush out the factory oil at 2500 miles.

The second oil change was on August 16, 2013 at 5300 miles. I decided to change the oil then as I was back from a month long trip where the truck seen quite a bit of hot, slow speed and dusty off-roading and also towing a trailer through the mountains.

I was reading the owners manual today that states:
Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 8,000 miles (13 000 km) or six months, which-ever comes first

Currently, my truck has just turned 7,000 miles. I will be lucky to put 500 miles on the truck between now and February 16th.

So this means I now need another oil change after only 2,300 miles in February which is 6 months from the last change?

The truck sits quite a bit and I don't mind changing the oil when needed, but if the truck is only driven the planned 4-5000 miles per year, then oil changes every 6 months seems a bit excessive.

Then again, I don't not want to change the oil if it means protecting the warranty.

So my question is; Has anyone had any warranty issues where they did not follow the owners manual and did not change the oil at the required mileage or 6 months for low mileage trucks?
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Hmm.... Good question. I'd be hard-pressed to put 1400 miles on mine in 6 months. Seems excessive to change it twice a year with only 2800 miles driven. I wouldn't think it voids any warranty, though.
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