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Old 04-09-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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Maintenance schedule

I just bought a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited and the maintenance schedule suggests oil changes at 8,000 miles. I know I can do it more often. That seems like a long interval to me. Any thoughts or comments? What is everyone else doing for their oil change intervals?

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That schedule is the MAXIMUM interval. You need to adjust by your usage and environment.

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What is everyone doing as an average then? I have mine at 8000 miles too apparently. I'm doing about 200-250 miles a week mostly highway commuting. I was going to say every 3500.
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I've always changed my oil at 3,000 or less and figured I'd stick to that, it's never failed me. I was just surprised to see such a large number
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Me too. But I drove other cars before this (Mini and BMW, so glad I made that switch I was misguided) and they were 10000-15000 miles between changes.
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Everyone will have a different schedule that is right for them. You need to determine what is right for you. I am a sales person and my Jeep sees a lot of miles and a lot of short trips. It also sees many longer trips and wheeling on weekends. I change mine religiously every 3k. Could I go longer? Maybe. Is it worth the chance for me to find out that longer was wrong? Absofreakinlutely not.
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Everyone will have a different schedule that is right for them. You need to determine what is right for you. I am a sales person and my Jeep sees a lot of miles and a lot of short trips. It also sees many longer trips and wheeling on weekends. I change mine religiously every 3k. Could I go longer? Maybe. Is it worth the chance for me to find out that longer was wrong? Absofreakinlutely not.
My thoughts exactly. I'd rather spend a little more and change it more often. Thanks for the input
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My dealer offers free oil changes for the life of the car at 5,000 even though they know maintenance says 8,000. I'm guessing they might know something we don't?
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My dealer offers free oil changes for the life of the car at 5,000 even though they know maintenance says 8,000. I'm guessing they might know something we don't?
Yes, they know that it doesn't say 8000, it says DO NOT EXCEED 8000.
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I just bought a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited and the maintenance schedule suggests oil changes at 8,000 miles. I know I can do it more often. That seems like a long interval to me. Any thoughts or comments? What is everyone else doing for their oil change intervals?
Whatever vehicle I've ever had I always took the suggested max on everything and cut it in half. Works for me. Except the JK. It does say at least twice per year regardless of mileage.
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I drive less then 8k so I plan on an oil change every six months regardless if it's 2k miles or 8k.
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I do 5k on my oil changes. Mainly just highway cruising and occasional wheeling so it isn't much wear and tear
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Found this article the other day Stop Changing Your Oil - Edmunds.com . Not sure if it's been discussed at all. Jeep doesn't publish a "severe conditions" schedule (at least not in the manual) so I'm going to go with probably the popular 5K schedule or 6 mo. whichever happens first just because I do go off-road with the vehicle which already cuts into the 8K max interval right there.
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Thanks for the article, I'll check it out. Since I live in Fairbanks, Alaska I have 7-9 months of "severe conditions" so that's a big factor for me.
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I did three oil changes till 6000 miles, now I change it every 5000 with M1.
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a good synthetic and every 5000 miles for me.
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Always done every three and never had a problem. Brother has a mall crawler with 100k. He has had his oil changed 3 times and his jeep is doing fine.
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Always done every three and never had a problem. Brother has a mall crawler with 100k. He has had his oil changed 3 times and his jeep is doing fine.
A lot of trucking companies and larger retailers change their oil at 20, 30, 40, or 50K+ miles...I change mine quite regularly and never go over 5k but all of this synthetic stuff will go a lot further than you think...
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The only way to know the condition of your oil at a given mileage is to test it. You can buy a package and have it tested at different intervals to help you make an educated decision based on facts not guesses:

Tests / Price List

I change my oil when the computer tells me to or before it hits 8,000 miles. My last XJ jeep had 315,000 miles before I sold it (changed it every 3,000). My JK has a 100,000 mile warranty and I wheeled it with paper plates, in hash desert conditions, continually tow through the rocky mountains over two of the top 5 rated inclines in North America (and at high altitudes obviously) and so far so good. She runs STRONG.

Just my humble opinion after being on both sides of the coin
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I just bought a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited and the maintenance schedule suggests oil changes at 8,000 miles. I know I can do it more often. That seems like a long interval to me. Any thoughts or comments? What is everyone else doing for their oil change intervals?
Generally the more you drive your car the longer between oil changes you can go. Now if your driving it in extreme temps w/loads (severe duty) you would change it more often, but 8,000 miles is pretty normal w/these synthetics and the newer engines. If you rarely drive it then regardless of miles driven you should do 2-3 oil changes a year. my last car was a 2002 Isuzu rodeo with 270,000 miles on it. Oil was changed every 15,000. Gave it to my parents and she's running strong with only 1 repair ever, a new radiator.
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My dealer offers free oil changes for the life of the car at 5,000 even though they know maintenance says 8,000. I'm guessing they might know something we don't?
Yeah the more often they can get you in there the more $$$$ they get on extras. That's why quick lube places do most oil changes at a loss or right at cost. The $$$ is made on filters, wiper blades and extra services/flushes.
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Me too. But I drove other cars before this (Mini and BMW, so glad I made that switch I was misguided) and they were 10000-15000 miles between changes.
Same here, but the Rubi gets it nlt 3,000 and at least 2X per year whether it likes it or not.
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My dealer offers free oil changes for the life of the car at 5,000 even though they know maintenance says 8,000. I'm guessing they might know something we don't?
They do. They make additional $ on tack on maintenance such as tire rotations, diff fluid changes, wiper blades, fuel injection "service", and any other type of service you can think of. Along with that, your oil has to be changed at least twice per year regardless of the mileage. Hopefully they account for that with their "free" oil changes. Dealers don't do anything for "free". Eventually, they will make $ which is fine. Just don't get sucked into service you don't want or need.
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I've always changed my oil at 3,000 or less and figured I'd stick to that, it's never failed me. I was just surprised to see such a large number
X2 I have ALWAYS done mine at 3000 .
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With the new oils and engines, you really don't have to change oil every 3k. I let my JK decide when it is ready. I don't drive it that far for work, or even play, so the JK has gotten only a few changes per year.
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It is amazing the shear number of people who read from the owners manual, "Under no conditions should you ever exceed 8,000 miles" and interpret that as "Don't change the oil until 8,000 miles". Did we do poorly in 4th grade or what? I see these threads pretty often.
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
The oil change indicator system will remind you that it is time to take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance. On Non-EVIC equipped vehicles, “CHANGE OIL” will flash in the instrument cluster odometer and a single chime will sound, indicating that an oil change is necessary. Based on engine operation conditions the oil change indicator message will illuminate, this means that service is required for your vehicle. Have your vehicle serviced
as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).

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The oil change indicator message will not monitor the time since the last oil change. Change your vehicle’s oil if it has been six months since your last oil change even if the oil change indicator message is NOT illuminated.

Change your engine oil more often if you drive your vehicle off-road for an extended period of time.

Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6,000 miles (10 000 km) or six months, whichever comes first.



Your dealer will reset the oil change indicator message after completing the scheduled oil change. If this scheduled oil change is performed by someone other than your dealer, the message can be reset by referring to the steps described under “Odometer/Trip Odometer” in the “Instrument Cluster Description” section of this manual.


The maintenance schedule describes a 6 month/6000 mile interval. So...in reality...change your oil whenever you want. It's your Jeep! Change it every 1000 miles if you want.


EDIT - I searched the PDF and there is no reference to 8000 miles.
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We do every 5k miles on Amsoil.

The trucking companies can go so far on an oil change because their oil capacities are measured in gallons and they often filter it multiple times. If they did 3k mile changes they would be doing oil changes every week.

You can have oil analysis done if you want to. It's a bigger waste of money than doing oil changes every 3k miles, but you can do it.
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EDIT - I searched the PDF and there is no reference to 8000 miles.
That's because you are looking in the '09 manual. The '12 says 8,000 and that is what most of the questions are concerning these days.
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That's because you are looking in the '09 manual. The '12 says 8,000 and that is what mot of the questions are concerning these days.
Well then that would explain it.

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