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Old 28 Apr 2004, 04:10 pm
Khee Mao
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Default how often should I change my oil?

I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just about
everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to somewhere
between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say 3 months/
3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but changing oil
every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from age as well
as wear?


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Old 28 Apr 2004, 06:38 pm
Frank
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

In your case, I would put in synthetic oil, and change once a
year.

Its is odd, but I have found that a car that is not use gets as
much problems as a car that is being used. You will noticed the
brakes going, rust, etc.... my 2 cents


"Khee Mao" <yousuckbigbad_buddhadaddy@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and

just about
> everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to

somewhere
> between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say

3 months/
> 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but

changing oil
> every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from

age as well
> as wear?
>
>



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Old 28 Apr 2004, 07:10 pm
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

3mo/3k miles is based on what Auto Manufacturers call severe conditions or
every day use if you lived in California. It would be a waste to change the
oil at 600 miles. I'd agree with Frank, switch to synthetic and change your
oil less often. If you're worried about voiding your warranty, you could
change every 6 months, but check the condition of the oil and other fluids
at least once a month.


"Khee Mao" <yousuckbigbad_buddhadaddy@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just about
> everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to somewhere
> between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say 3 months/
> 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but changing

oil
> every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from age as

well
> as wear?
>
>



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Old 28 Apr 2004, 07:44 pm
JXStern
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

On Wed, 28 Apr 2004 14:10:14 -0700, "Khee Mao"
<yousuckbigbad_buddhadaddy@yahoo.com> wrote:
>I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just about
>everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to somewhere
>between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say 3 months/
>3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but changing oil
>every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from age as well
>as wear?


2004 models Honda says severe conditions are 6 mos / 5,000 miles,
iirc.

J.

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Old 28 Apr 2004, 08:23 pm
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

I think if and when you drive the car if the trips are short ( 4-5 ) miles
and in the winter 3 months is about right.

If you drive and the trip is long enough to warn the engine up to normal
operateing temperature, and sustain that temp for at least 15 miles twice a
yr is the way to go.

I don't know what difference it makes if the oil is synthetic or
conventional if it has moisture in it, it makes no difference, the moisture
is still going to damage internal parts, so why spend the extra for the
synethic.

my .02 cents

Tom


"Joseph Wind" <jpg@gif.com> wrote in message
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> 3mo/3k miles is based on what Auto Manufacturers call severe conditions or
> every day use if you lived in California. It would be a waste to change

the
> oil at 600 miles. I'd agree with Frank, switch to synthetic and change

your
> oil less often. If you're worried about voiding your warranty, you could
> change every 6 months, but check the condition of the oil and other fluids
> at least once a month.
>
>
> "Khee Mao" <yousuckbigbad_buddhadaddy@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:c6p6jp$sjg$1@nntp1.u.washington.edu...
> > I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just about
> > everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to somewhere
> > between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say 3 months/
> > 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but changing

> oil
> > every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from age as

> well
> > as wear?
> >
> >

>
>



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Old 28 Apr 2004, 10:33 pm
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"Khee Mao" <yousuckbigbad_buddhadaddy@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:c6p6jp$sjg$1@nntp1.u.washington.edu...
> I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just about
> everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to somewhere
> between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say 3 months/
> 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but changing

oil
> every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from age as

well
> as wear?
>
>


The 3mo/3k miles guideline is still being debated, but, on a car that
doesn't make very long trips (enough to completely warm the engine and
evaporate water vapor), I would stick with the 3 month. Condensation in the
oil leads to sulfates (think that's the right word - it's late...) that
attack bearing surfaces. Don't want that, now do we? :-)

HTH

Jeremy


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Old 29 Apr 2004, 07:24 am
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

I drive a lot, but I use Amsoil XL7500 and change only at 7500 miles.

No my Tundra is ridden line your Honda. I've had it since July 2001 and
only have 16k on it. I use full Synthetic and change it once a year. Even
then it looks very clean when changed.

G-Man



"Khee Mao" <yousuckbigbad_buddhadaddy@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just about
> everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to somewhere
> between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say 3 months/
> 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but changing

oil
> every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from age as

well
> as wear?
>
>



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Old 29 Apr 2004, 01:30 pm
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

In article <c6p6jp$sjg$1@nntp1.u.washington.edu>, "Khee Mao"
<yousuckbigbad_buddhadaddy@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just about
> everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to somewhere
> between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies say 3 months/
> 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice that), but changing oil
> every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous. does oil go bad from age as well
> as wear?


I would use regular oil and change it every 3 months or 3000
miles--whichever comes first.

Jason

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Old 30 Apr 2004, 07:36 am
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

Khee Mao wrote:
> I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just
> about everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to
> somewhere between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies
> say 3 months/ 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice
> that), but changing oil every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous.
> does oil go bad from age as well as wear?


Follow the recomendations in your user manual.

Oil companies want to sell more oil.

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Mill Hall PA
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Old 04 May 2004, 09:33 pm
Barry
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Default Re: how often should I change my oil?

That's the correct answer.
Changing the oil every 3000 miles (standard usage) is a waste of time,
money, and oil. My '03 Civic's manual says once every 10k miles -- changing
it every 3000 miles is a waste of 8 quarts of oil every 10,000 miles.
I don't know about you folks, but I am not eager to give the oil companies
and middle Eastern nations more of my money than necessary. I sure don't
want to do anything that maintains our dependence on them any more than
absolutely necessary.
"Bob Burns" <treborburns@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Khee Mao wrote:
> > I've recently moved downtown and am now walking to work (and just
> > about everything else), which has decreased my monthly mileage to
> > somewhere between 100 and 200 miles total. I know the oil companies
> > say 3 months/ 3000 miles (despite my manual saying at least twice
> > that), but changing oil every 600 miles seems kind of ridiculous.
> > does oil go bad from age as well as wear?

>
> Follow the recomendations in your user manual.
>
> Oil companies want to sell more oil.
>
> --
> Bob Burns
> Mill Hall PA
> treborburns@earthlink.net
>
>
>



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