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Old 11-30-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Oil change question...

I am not sure when I should change my oil? Should I go by mileage or by the oil life indicator on my EVIC?

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Old 11-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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Mileage.

Don't rely on the indicator. It's not...well, reliable.

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Thanks for the fast reply. I wasn't sure about the computer's accuracy.
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:56 PM   #4
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My Jeep is not a daily driver so I change its oil every six months rather than wait for mileage to build up.
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Thanks for the fast reply. I wasn't sure about the computer's accuracy.
No problem.

The indicator trips after a predetermined amount of miles and doesn't actually read your oil's condition. I think it's easier just to go by the mileage.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:58 AM   #6
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I go 250 hours or 5000 miles what ever happens first.
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It's also a great time to do a 5-tire rotation.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:02 AM   #8
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I go 250 hours or 5000 miles what ever happens first.
How do you keep track of active vehicle hours? Pen and paper? Smartphone app? Does the evic do that?
Because 250 continuous hours translate to 10.4 days :0
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How do you keep track of active vehicle hours? Pen and paper? Smartphone app? Does the evic do that?
Because 250 continuous hours translate to 10.4 days :0
there is an hour tracker on the information center--on the 2013 rubicon left side of the steering wheel controls--I reset it when I change the oil. Currently I am at 1140 miles and about 73 hours. This means I have averaged about 15 miles per hour ( if It were driven on the highway and averaged 60 MPH it would be about 15000 miles) The jeep spends the majority of its time off pavement on Northern Maine dusty paper company roads especially during hunting season. In the summer I do average a little better but still is used in the same environment so I did go about 4000 miles this summer. 250 hours is my main indicator--this is similar to what is done with heavy equipment and oil changes.
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I decided on oil change every 5k miles. Its not the old standard every 3k and its not the Jeep recommended every 8k. Changed oil first time at 2k then 5k then every 5k its easy to remember 5k,10k,15k ect.
Pennzoil ultra 10w-30 and a wix filter.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #11
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I change it every 5k and do a tire rotation at the same time.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:10 AM   #12
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I was a Honda mechanic for 21 years and we used to do a valve adjustment every 15,000 miles. i noted that the customers who did the oil changes at 5-6000 miles would eventually get a sludge buildup in the engine and the ones who did it between 3-4000 had no sludge and the inside was never discolored. That s why i do all of mine no longer than 4000 miles or 4 months. The 4 months is due to the fact that you get condensation in the engine and it thins out the oil. i have had 3 vehicles over 175,000 miles and never any engine problems or oil burning. it is a cheap form of insurance. Also, do not use cheap oil,there is reason it is cheap!
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10k miles on 5w-20 Mobil 1 and an extended length wix oil filter. Been doing this for 105k miles. Engine runs as good as new and still burns a qt every 2-3 k miles.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #14
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I change oil and Wix oil filter at 10k miles with Amsoil and change the oil filter after 5k miles. I have been doing this for 15+ years with no problems.
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I had a 95 YJ I bought new with the 2.5 that had 285k miles on it when I sold it. Castrol GTX and a wix filter every 5k miles. One water pump and tps sensor in that 285k nothing else but annual tune up.
Buddy of mine had a Ferd Taurus that he drove 150k miles and never changed the oil .He just added oil and changed the filter about every 10k. Told him he was nuts but when he traded it off he said told ya so...... some people can fall into shit and come out smelling like roses. Me not so much.
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My indicator light goes off every 3k miles and burns no oil.
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I was a Honda mechanic for 21 years and we used to do a valve adjustment every 15,000 miles. i noted that the customers who did the oil changes at 5-6000 miles would eventually get a sludge buildup in the engine and the ones who did it between 3-4000 had no sludge and the inside was never discolored. That s why i do all of mine no longer than 4000 miles or 4 months. The 4 months is due to the fact that you get condensation in the engine and it thins out the oil. i have had 3 vehicles over 175,000 miles and never any engine problems or oil burning. it is a cheap form of insurance. Also, do not use cheap oil,there is reason it is cheap!
Do you recommend synthetic or a synthetic blend?
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Check the manual for the minimum requirement and decide what you want to do from there.
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Do you recommend synthetic or a synthetic blend?
OH HELL NO, we aren't going THERE.
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OH HELL NO, we aren't going THERE.
He went there. Do what you think is best for you. I use synthetc in everything except my crankcase because I change it so much.
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Am I missing something? Fill me in on the synthetic question.
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We've been having our oil and filter changed around every 1,500 miles thus far on our 2013 Sahara. 3x already in the first 5,000 miles.

Our oil change light will probably never see much use.
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Never mind. Just read some old oil threads and get the picture. Almost like talking about politics or religion.
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Never mind. Just read some old oil threads. Like talking religion or politics.
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Check the manual for the minimum requirement and decide what you want to do from there.
Additional info. if this helps. Whatever the book indicates I cut in half for service, or at the very least I go by "severe duty". You basically have to decide for yourself based on need and economics.
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Never mind. Just read some old oil threads. Like talking religion or politics.
teeheee, that would be correct. Use what YOU think is best. Just as there are folks on here who would never use anything other than the best synthetics, I on the other hand think that in most cases conventional is just fine. Is synthetic "better" (yeah, I know...define better right?)...no question. But it's also more expensive. Is conventional good enough? Some say yes, others say no. I run conventional and change oil and filter (and do a 5 tire rotation) every 5000 miles.
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I like synthetics in the winter and conventional in the summer.
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I decided on oil change every 5k miles. Its not the old standard every 3k and its not the Jeep recommended every 8k. Changed oil first time at 2k then 5k then every 5k its easy to remember 5k,10k,15k ect.
Pennzoil ultra 10w-30 and a wix filter.
10w30, in a 2013 3.6, or was that just a typo?

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