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Old 01-17-2011, 01:47 PM   #1
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2011 Oil Change Interval

8000 Miles? Really?
I'm approaching 5k and was going to do my 1st Official Oil Change today. (Did the Break-In @ 1500 with Dino-Oil) So, I was perusing the 2011 User Guide for other items required, and their respective intervals. Everything for the '11 is listed at 8000 Mile Intervals. 8-16-24 etc... That just blew me away. Everything I have been reading on here has been @ 6000.
I think I will stick to my 5K interval though. I just don't have it in me to do otherwise.

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8000 Miles? Really?
I'm approaching 5k and was going to do my 1st Official Oil Change today. (Did the Break-In @ 1500 with Dino-Oil) So, I was perusing the 2011 User Guide for other items required, and their respective intervals. Everything for the '11 is listed at 8000 Mile Intervals. 8-16-24 etc... That just blew me away. Everything I have been reading on here has been @ 6000.
I think I will stick to my 5K interval though. I just don't have it in me to do otherwise.
You should change your oil based on how you use your jeep. I wheel my jk weekly, sometimes more than once a week, so occasionally i have to change my oil at less than 5k, sometimes less than 3k.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:16 PM   #3
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I have a 2011 wrangler and my dealer told me to wait until the oil change light comes on... I'm getting close to 3k miles, so I'm not sure if I should wait til the light comes on or just get it changed at 3k like I normally do
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I'm not a mechanic, but, if you are planning on keeping your jeep over 5 years, then I would do an oil change every 3-4 thousand miles.
If your not then just follow the intervals in the manual.Of course , driving style does effect the interval or timeliness.

Some automakers are saying you only need a oil change every 12,000 miles. Times are changing.


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I regularly change my oil every 3000 miles. Small investment to keep my engine safe. I think the best rule of thumb is 3K for standard oil and 5K for synthetic.
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i regularly change my oil every 3000 miles. Small investment to keep my engine safe. I think the best rule of thumb is 3k for standard oil and 5k for synthetic.
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Ask around, doubt you hear of any engines failing as a result of too many oil changes.
However you will hear of issues due to lack of. Oil life monitors are only an
indicator. Remember to frequently check your oil level, as you can expect it to go down some if you're doing oil changes at 8000mile/12500kms intervals. I still believe in the 3months/3000mile interval. I'd stretch it out a little if doing long highway drives.
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My dealer told me to ignore the 8k suggestion in the manual and stick to every 3k.
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On this topic, anybody know what the heck changed in the past few years? It used to be pretty solid that you change your oil every 3k or 3 months irregardless of vehicle, etc... What's different now? It seems that all of the sudden different cars and dealers and people have different opinions... engines just running cleaner these days?
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On this topic, anybody know what the heck changed in the past few years? It used to be pretty solid that you change your oil every 3k or 3 months irregardless of vehicle, etc... What's different now? It seems that all of the sudden different cars and dealers and people have different opinions... engines just running cleaner these days?
My 1993LT1 Corvette, reccommended Mobile 1 oil and 6000 mile oil intervals--

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My 1993LT1 Corvette, reccommended Mobile 1 oil and 6000 mile oil intervals--

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Guess not, haha, no Corvettes in my past...but that '86 Escort I got it every 3k miles, that I know! ...or was it change the fuel, fill the oil...
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On this topic, anybody know what the heck changed in the past few years? It used to be pretty solid that you change your oil every 3k or 3 months irregardless of vehicle, etc... What's different now? It seems that all of the sudden different cars and dealers and people have different opinions... engines just running cleaner these days?
It is due to the fact that the quality of the oil has greatly gone up and the engines have been optimized. Changing the oil every 3000 miles is actually a waste. But old habits die hard. I've worked at car dealerships for over 5 years, been a service advisor, sales man (screw that kind of work!)...But yeah from what I have heard and seen thats about right to do it every 6000. Honda recommends every 7500 miles. Just follow your owners manual and you cant go wrong.
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I regularly change my oil every 3000 miles. Small investment to keep my engine safe. I think the best rule of thumb is 3K for standard oil and 5K for synthetic.

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It is due to the fact that the quality of the oil has greatly gone up and the engines have been optimized. Changing the oil every 3000 miles is actually a waste. But old habits die hard. I've worked at car dealerships for over 5 years, been a service advisor, sales man (screw that kind of work!)...But yeah from what I have heard and seen thats about right to do it every 6000. Honda recommends every 7500 miles. Just follow your owners manual and you cant go wrong.
Is it really a waste? Not for my peace of mind. What if you follow the longer interval and something goes bad? Remember the manual says MAXIMUM, not required or even suggested.
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Oil Change.

I also purchased a Jeep Wrangler 2011 a few months back and was surprised on the oil change schedule being 8000 miles.
I also talked to the dealer and he suggested changing oil at 4500 miles.
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I regularly change my oil every 3000 miles. Small investment to keep my engine safe. I think the best rule of thumb is 3K for standard oil and 5K for synthetic.

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Is it really a waste?
Yes, it really is a waste. I have one vehicle that I change the oil in at 3k miles, but it has almost 400k miles on it and I use conventional oil in it. With modern oils, filters and engine designs a well broken in engine can go a long time, sometimes 18-20k between changes. There's no way I could live with that, but I can live with every 5k without worry.
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My last Mobile one oil change, was at 4600 miles--

My jeep lives at 4200 ft desert and I change by oil condition----not time/miles !

I don't have the "oil change" warning--

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Do newer Wranglers provide 'oil life' measuring (part of EVIC)
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I didn't see it on there (EVIC). The Dealer I'm sure will offer a "free" sticker on the windsheild to remind you!
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For what its worth, I picked up a new Wrangler a week ago, and the Dealer put the reminder sticker on with 3,000 miles listed on it.
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For what its worth, I picked up a new Wrangler a week ago, and the Dealer put the reminder sticker on with 3,000 miles listed on it.
That's because it's more money in their pocket every time you come in. You should ask them why the don't follow the recommendation in the manual.
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The manual (for us) lists 12,000km or 6 months.

My Company car, a Mitsubishi Outlander lists 15,000km or 12 months.

In fact every vehicle I have ever owned listed 12 month or 10,000km service intervals, though usually 10,000km was every 6 months anyways!
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I keep my vehicles around 10 years on average and they usually rack up between 150 to 200K miles. I do a lot of highway driving and some city driving. Occasionally have the jeep out on the trails. It just had it's 54K service done and it has been into the dealer (because they are suppose to give me new tires for the life of the jeep) every 6K miles just as Chrysler suggests. I have done this with every vehicle that I have owned and NONE have had any engine failures due to oil issues. On passenger vehicles I do the longer interval if there are two suggested in the owner's manual. They typically refer to it as schedule A and B, A being the longer interval.

Your resale value will not increase by supporting the oil companies and dealerships in their profits. You will not further protect your warranty by using short oil change intervals because, as long as you follow what the manufacturer recommended for oil changes, you cannot be denied a warranty repair on the engine based on the interval.

The jeep is the only exception to what I might do regarding shortening the interval and that has to do with wheeling it. Dusty conditions and a lot of time spent in 4 low may sway me to change the oil early. When, or if, I start wheeling it a lot, it will get shorter intervals of change. Right now, it is my daily driver and it gets regular maintenance.

One thing that the new jeeps are saying to me is that at 6K mile intervals on 2007 through 2009 or 2010 they had chosen a conservative interval because without a change of the engine in the 2011 model year, they are now specifying an 8K interval. If I owned a 2011, I would change the oil at every 8K save the reasons above about wheeling. My minivan which had the same engine but only 5 quarts instead of the jeep's 6 quarts in the crank case got oil changes at 7.5K miles for the 100K miles + 7 years that I owned it and it was a solid vehicle.

You can call it peace of mind changing it at every 3K miles but I would call it over-servicing. Just a difference in opinion....but my opinion doesn't waste oil needlessly or waste family finances unnecessarily. Now, you can throw all the barbs you want...it is just an opinion. One that has worked flawlessly over the last 30+ years.
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3000/dealer=waste of Money

3000/yourself=peace of mind=less money anyhow=fun to do=I love my jeep=
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Well, I don't know if changing the JEEP oil is fun, or not--


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3000/yourself=peace of mind=less money anyhow=fun to do=I love my jeep=
At least it wasn't to "CLEAN", untill I put in the Fumoto valve--

I had used this same valve (type), in my Xterra years ago and they are priceless-ya just gotta "Skidem"--

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Well, I don't know if changing the JEEP oil is fun, or not--

At least it wasn't to "CLEAN", untill I put in the Fumoto valve--

I had used this same valve (type), in my Xterra years ago and they are priceless-ya just gotta "Skidem"--

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It's a valve you replace the drain plug with that makes it easy as opening a beer to drain your oil. Unfortunately, it also makes it very easy for a plastic bag in the road or a stick on the trail to drain your oil. I've seen both happen with these valves. It isn't pretty.
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It's a Brass valve that replaces your drain plug and it works with a finger flip--

I used one for years in my Xterra-no problemo--F-106N

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You just need to "skidit" to protect the valve and use a hose for ease of oil xfer into your oil pan !!

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