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Old 10 Jan 2011, 11:31 am
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Default honda element oil change 1yr old 4k miles?

My Honda Element is 1 yr old and has 4k miles. The book states the car has "break in oil" and do not change oil untill 7k. Do I wait as it states or is that to long of an interval?

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Old 10 Jan 2011, 11:46 am
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I'd do what the manual says. However call to the dealer wouldn't hurt.
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Old 10 Jan 2011, 12:01 pm
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i would follow the recomendations
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Old 10 Jan 2011, 12:16 pm
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Have you pulled the dipstick? Is the oil dirty? When you drain it, try Mobil One synthetic and go 15k or longer between changes.
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Old 10 Jan 2011, 12:31 pm
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ok, at least change out the oil filter and "top off" the oil level with the appropriate weight (5w-20)

driving with less miles is more severe to the engine's oil than with someone driving more miles; short stop-&-go driving doesn't give the engine to warm up to operating temps and burn off the excess hydrocarbons & you'll see how "black" your oil gets...

did you also do what the owner's manual said for following the "break in" procedures, or you just drive it normally?

i'm posting a link to a honda forum & you can explore more about this on your own

"The primary goals of engine break-in are: 1) achieving a good seal between the piston rings and cylinder walls, and 2) allowing the engine to operate correctly throughout its RPM range. The major enemy during the break-in period is localized heat buildup, mainly in bearing surfaces (most notably the crankshaft bearings)." you can read up on his more detailed post on the link...

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Old 10 Jan 2011, 12:46 pm
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Change the oil.

A typical owner puts 4000 miles on a car in 3-4 months or less. Break-in oil is meant only to be used for a short period of time. I'm guessing that your Element is used primarily for short trips. This kind of driving doesn't allow the engine to warm up to optimum operating temperatures and run long enough to burn off contaminants like unburned fuel and condensation in the combustion chambers, Additionally minute metal particles from normal engine operation (especially in a new vehicle) may not necessarily get trapped by the oil filter and grit and dust can get past the air filter and add to oil contamination. All of this accumulates over time.

Bottom line: It's not the mileage so much as the length of time since the oil has been changed. Besides, an oil change is a cheap investment in the long term life of your Element.
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