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View Poll Results: How many miles till the next oil change???
3,000 43 32.58%
4,000 16 12.12%
5,000 46 34.85%
6,000 14 10.61%
7,000 3 2.27%
8,000 5 3.79%
10,000 4 3.03%
10,000+ 1 0.76%
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:19 PM
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i have some ??????on this

1.the manual says 6k or 6 months so if i drive 2k in 6 months do i have to change my oil or can i safely wait till 6,000 miles even if its a year?

2. if this is what is recomended by dodge why do i get a service paper every 3 months telling me its time to change my oil,why not send it every 6 months?
I don't really know the answer the first question, I wonder that myself.

As far as the second question I have a couple reasons.

1. It is very well ingrained in most American (I include canadian etc. here) that we need to change the oil over 3000 miles. So much so that many people (as evidenced by this thread) can't tear themself away from that notion. Part of the result is that we still send notices based on what people expect, and it's a good way to get the vehichle in so you can check on it.

2. Dealerships make money on oil changes, and the oil industry has a pretty good lobbying group. You might get a service paper every 1000 miles if they thought they could get people to come in.
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Seriously guys, that Pennzoil has wax in it baloney is a wives tale. Pennzoil is a high quality conv. oil and they make a decent synthetic as well. I don't base this info on hear say talk, or so called experiences, but on used oil analysis (UOAs) comparing them to every other oil out there. That myth came from 40 years ago when all oils had paraffin wax in them as base stocks. Since than technology has allowed the use of better ingredients and synthetic base stocks that clean engines as well as protect better. Check out that link I provided earlier, lots of good educational information there.
If Pennzoil was really that bad and funked up engines how are they still in business today as one of the top oil manufacturers? The majority of engine sludge problems come from poor maintenance or poor engine design.
I know, you're right, the Pennzoil thing is horse hockey haha, and we sure don't want to mis-inform anyone, and as with Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge, same thing applies to oil, it all boils down to personal preference, same with anything, we're all just as diehard about our choice of oil as we are with our choice of trucks!

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I've always been a 3-4K guy. I wasn't religous about 3k, just started thinking about it then. However, I have just switched everything I own to Amsoil with Mobil 1 filters. I plan on changing the filters out at 3-4K and topping off, then doing a full change at about 8-10K or sooner, depending on how heavy the first filter is. Once I get to a 12K interval, I'll switch to an Amsoil filter. My Dodge only has 70K on it, but the wife's Nissan has 120K, and my daughter's Explorer has 180K. This is my first foray into synthetics.
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I didnt take the time to read all 3 pages so if someone already posted this...sorry. The longer you run your oil the less viscous it will be. basically meaning it makes your oil harder to run between the crank journal so on and so forth to the places it will run. The question i usually ask is not how long can you run the oil... but how long are you willing to run the oil. In my opinion 3,000 miles is good for a new vehicle besides it's free. over time i will stretch it out to 7000 miles. only because i do not tow very often or run the vehicle hard. I did a test along with a friend a few years ago where we ran a 1989 dodge daytona 15000 miles to see how the oil would turn out. we didnt encounter any oil leaks during the test or have any great loss of oil but it's not to say that the oil was pretty by any means. it could be compared to Aunt jemima's pancake syrup. Im not saying to run any vehicle 15000 miles without changing the oil but remember small shops and dealerships will tell you 3000 miles because they need customers. it's business. it's also a good chance for them to sell you preventive mantenance items. Trany fluid check air filter battery etc. All in all im happy changing my oil and filter ever 5-8000 miles.
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Sorry to revive an old topic, but we forgot to mention blow by, fuel that gets past the rings and leaks into the oil, hence the gas smell on used oil... this is a major factor that determines the frequency of an oil change. A new motor in better condition will need less oil changes in theory than an abused, neglected worn out motor... -my 2 cents
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I am having a hard time making up my mind on synthetics. Mobil 1 is about 49.00 for a 4.4 ltr jug. mobile premium 1000 is 22.oo for a 5 ltr jug. Are synthetics worth twice the price if so why.
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The major reason for the months interval is that it is assumed if you don't reach 3000 in 3 months, that you are doing a lot of stop and go driving for short trips. This creates more breakdown in the oil by putting it through more thermal cycles. If you don't drive the vehicle very often, and when you do it is longer trips, you are fine going by mileage and not months.
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My wife just bought a new Cadillac, it comes with and the factory and dealers use Mobil 1 syn. oil only....They now recommend on her 2011 car a 13,000 mile oil change interval...sounds a little long to me, but i guess the new syn oils are getting to be that good.... I have my 09 Ram changed every 3,000 miles with conventional oil & mopar filter...I was going to use Mobil 1, as I think it's about the best from my past experiances...but my dealer said that if your changing your oil & filter at every 3,000 miles, there is no reason to buy a more expensive syn oil, any good premium oil will serve you well with that frequent of oil changes ....sounded resonable to me....If I ever extend my change intervals, then i will go with Mobil 1
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The 2011 manual says every 8,000 miles which seems rather long to me since the 2010's said every 6,000 miles and nothing has changed between those years. I go every 4,000 miles or 6 months. This also helps me stay on track with the maintenance schedule from dodge which has more major stuff every 8,000.
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Sorry to revive an old topic, but we forgot to mention blow by, fuel that gets past the rings and leaks into the oil, hence the gas smell on used oil... this is a major factor that determines the frequency of an oil change. A new motor in better condition will need less oil changes in theory than an abused, neglected worn out motor... -my 2 cents
The argument can be made that by not stretching oil changes in a new car, less wear will happen in the engine and therefore less blow by as the engine gets higher mileage.
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