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Old 05-29-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Should my "Change Oil" warning be going off already?

I bought my 2010 JKU from a Dodge dealership almost 2 months ago with 16800 miles on it. It was a Certified used Jeep and the 16000 mile service was supposedly done by the dealership (I made them check their records). As of today, my Jeep has 18800 miles on it and the oil change reminder on the odometer started going off today. I read up on the required maintenance which says it should be serviced every 8000 miles. If the dealer really did do the service they were supposed to, i should at least make it to 20000 miles before I should be getting the warning right?

Most of my driving is highway, but I haven't had a chance to physically inspect the condition of the oil. I'll check that tomorrow, but I'm thinking the dealer lied about the service because they lied about performing other service that was needed when I bought it.

What do you guys think?

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Old 05-29-2011, 12:08 AM   #2
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believe me the dealer will lie if you asked them about that.. certified only means they need to change/fix items that relate to safety... oil is not on that list.. i found that out with my differentials.. mine was certified preowned and had to change it all myself to make sure it was done.. and done right

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Old 05-29-2011, 12:14 AM   #3
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That's what I'm thinking too. Right after I bought it I took it back to them to check out a knock in the suspension. They had to repair part of a tie rod, which in the service manual says they have to inspect every 8000 miles. That set the warning flag up that they fudged the paperwork and didn't actually do anything.
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:23 AM   #4
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My warning light goes off every 3k miles. Which is when I change it anyway, whether it goes off or not. You can reset it by turning the ignition to on and depressing the gas pedal 3 times in rapid succession, then switching to off.

So if it had 16k, and is now 18.8k, it is about time for it to go off IME. It goes off early.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:16 AM   #5
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Right on time. If u don't want to change the oil reset the light and drive on.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:36 AM   #6
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I like telling my Rubi when the oil gets changed not the other way around, which is every 3,000, old school, or at least twice a year. I could care less about the computer based upon a pre-set logarithm. If you wait until every 8,000 miles I think you'll be prone to engine problems down the road. I would'nt let it go past 6,000 max. The oil minder is easy to re-set. Listen to it or do it when you want. I'd be surprised if they had changed it or any other fluids as part of the pre-owned. The Capn called it right.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:38 AM   #7
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8000 is a max--not a recommendation. Your computer determines when oil "should" be changed based on driving habits, though many folks elect to use their own regular intervals.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:39 AM   #8
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I don't have an "oil light" any more, and it isn't an indication of your oil condition anyway-it's just a duty cycle-

I change my Mobile one--when it needs it-sometimes 4000, sometimes 6000 miles-

Also oil filter and air filter each time-!!

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Old 05-29-2011, 08:58 AM   #9
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Oil is cheap engines aren't. You really have no way of knowing if the dealer changed the oil or not. Change it out, then set up your own schedule for oil changes.
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I was planning on switching to full synthetic and changing every 4-5000 miles anyway. I just thought it was odd for the warning to be going off after only 2000 miles. Thanks for the info on how to reset the warning!
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Quote:
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That's what I'm thinking too. Right after I bought it I took it back to them to check out a knock in the suspension. They had to repair part of a tie rod, which in the service manual says they have to inspect every 8000 miles. That set the warning flag up that they fudged the paperwork and didn't actually do anything.
Keep in mind that the manual is just a guideline. Depending on how you use the vehicle the intervals can be different.

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