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Old 04 May 2010, 09:31 pm
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Default Does Acura maintanence minder adjust for synthetic oil?

My 2007 Acura TSX maintanence minder usually tells me to change my oil at 3,000 miles. I have switched to using Royal Purple synthetic oil and I have been told that synthetic usually last a lot longer. Does the maintanence minder adjust for synthetic oils? And if i decide to reset the maintanence reminder and continue to use the oil for 6,000 miles, should I replace the oil filter at 3,000 miles, replace the oil filter when I change the oil at the same time, or switch to a K&N filter that filters particles better?
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Old 04 May 2010, 09:46 pm
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NO THE REMINDER LIGHT STILL GOES WHEN THE ECU TELLS IT IT WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THE TYPE OF OIL . IT IS PEOPLE SAYS YOU CAN GO LONGER WITH SYNTACTIC OIL BUT HOW GOOD OT EXPENSIVE OIL YOU BUY WHEN THE PISTON AND RING ARE AT 1800 F HOT THE OIL WILL BRAKE DOWN AND ALSO THE WATER THE VAPORIZE FROM GAS GOES TO OIL PAN ALSO MIX WITH OIL SO NOW HOW MUCH GOOD AND HI END SYNTACTIC OIL YOU STILL IT IS ALWAYS GOOD IDEA TO CHANGE AT 3000 MILES ...I WILL RECOMMEND MOBIL 1 BECAUSE THERE IS A BIG COMPANY BEHIND IT ......
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Old 04 May 2010, 10:01 pm
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Omar did answer your question (somewhere in all those run-on sentences). The maintenance minder system does not adjust for longer oil change intervals. You'll just have to keep track of the oil change intervals separately from the rest of the maintenance. You won't need to change the oil filter at 3,000 miles, just change it with the oil. As for the K&N oil filter, I haven't seen that much of a difference with them to justify their higher price over other 'regular' oil filters from a good brand (Fram, Purolator, etc)/
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Old 04 May 2010, 10:16 pm
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Omar didn't answer your question entirely correctly. Your car doesn't know what kind of oil it has in it, so it can't adjust. It is just set to click off 3000 miles and turn the light on (actually probably closer to 2750 miles, given that people tend to procrastinate). As for the K&N, I wouldn't bother. Get a good Gold filter from Napa (Avoid FRAM, they are a name brand, but poorly made), which is made by one of the best filter companies called WIX, and change it when you change the oil. As for a couple other comments from Omar...There is very little water in gas, or the car wouldn't run right. And if there is, it's vaporized and sent out the exhaust, not leaking into the oil. If it gets into the oil, then the engine is shot. Also, oil doesn't "break down", it just gets dirty. It's still oil, it still lubricates. The additive package in oils are what breaks down, and even that isn't for quite a while. A good filter and good oil and you can easily go 6000 miles between oil changes. I've gone 6000 on conventional oil, not even synthetic, with a good filter. Also, pistons and rods operate nowhere near 1800 degrees. If they did, they would melt quite literally. Even the exhaust gases don't get that hot. Exhaust gases typically max out around 1400 degrees, and that is quick flowing and gets water cooled in the engine and air cooled via the exhaust. The parts in the engine might see 250 degrees, on a really hot day when the cooling system is maxed out.
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