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Old 09-17-2009, 05:02 PM
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Default Oil change interval and system warning messages

What is the manufacturer recomended oil change interval on the 1500? The manual seems to indicate 6000 miles. However I'm at about 2,600 miles and at 2,500 the Oil Change message started coming up on the dash then I start up.

Now I'm confused about what Chrysler is actually recommending. I assume that a warning at 2,500 is actually a premptive message to prompt you to the oil change by 3,000. The manual say (in the engine oil section) to refer to the scheduled maintinence section. the scheduled maintinence section only list oil changes at 6,000 mile intervals.

Additionally I read that the new computer system is "Duty based" and will warn adjust the interval automatically based on the type of driving you do. In that case however I ought to be able to go much longer. My regular work commute is 26 miles with only one traffic light the entire way, and about 1,400 of my miles so far have been in two 700 mile freeway roundtrip visits up north. Not harsh by any strech of the imagination.

On top of that, I just checked the oil and it seems clean and exactly in the middle of the hatch marks. So I figured I would just reset the change oil indicator message but when I jump back in the driver seat I now notice the check engine light is on. Did that come on at the same time as the indicator message and I just didn't notice it or is that something new?

Anyone who has any insite into this would do me a great service if they cared to enlighten me.

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Old 09-17-2009, 05:08 PM
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You have break in oil that needs to come out at 2500 - 3000 miles. Put Synthetic in and go 5000 on regular use. 3000 if you tow heavy or run the truck in dirty/dusty conditions. Once you reset the Mileage/Oil counter you will notice that it will be around 5000 miles depending on how the truck is run.
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:31 PM
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Ok. That makes sense about the break in period. Any idea about the chekc engine light coming on? Is that normal at the same time of the change oil message or that something different?
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Default Check Engine error solved

Dropped by advance auto parts and borrowed the code reader. Air sensor reported high temperature reading. This is probably due to the fact that I slipped and bumped the sensor while I was checking the oil. I cleared the error and it didn't come back yet. If it does I'll take it in to be checked, otherwise I'll assume I caused it.
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