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Posted: 06/08/21 10:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My truck (2016 Chevy diesel) gives me a percentage of oil usage left. At what percentage do you fellas normally change your oil? I normally will let mine get to around 12%-15%. Just curious if you change yours more frequently.

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Posted: 06/08/21 10:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I usually reset the meter when it displays change oil soon … then the next time it comes up I change it if I still own the truck.


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I have a 2005 Duramax as well. It only has 44,000 miles so if I waited for the dash indicator I would have some pretty old oil before I changed it. We have expensive engines, so $35 a year seems like cheap insurance. I change mine at the start of every camping season unless I make a cross country trip and really do a lot of miles.(8000 plus).


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Posted: 06/09/21 05:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4x4ord wrote:

I usually reset the meter when it displays change oil soon … then the next time it comes up I change it if I still own the truck.


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4x4ord wrote:

I usually reset the meter when it displays change oil soon … then the next time it comes up I change it if I still own the truck.


Back in the day, the saying was "Change your oil, or change your engine"
Has it evolved to Change your Truck?
I bought my 16 YO pickup new to replace a 20 YO pickup. Both of them came with a book that tells me when to change the oil

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Since my truck is new and under warranty, I change the oil when the truck tells me to. Some of it is trusting the engineers but it's mainly about not invalidating my warranty.


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2011 Silverado 1500 2WD. I wait until the truck tells me it's time (7K+ miles). I do feel guilty sometimes. My old truck (2000 Z71) would get new oil/filter every 5K miles. My old daily driver (91 Camaro) would get changed every 3K miles.

It amazes me how far you can go with today's oil.....


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My F350 is used so little that the last time I changed it at 5000mi it had been over 2 years. Worries the dealer to death. It sits out there in the garage but I start it and let it run awhile every now and then.

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I generally change mine around the 80% mark on the computer. I trust the engineers that program the computer but would rather err a little bit to the safe side when an oil change is $20 and a new turbo could run in the thousands when labor is included.

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First....I don’t have a computer that tells me my % of use/time left. Nor, do I rely upon the recommended mileage for oil changes. If I’ve been working the engine hard, heavy towing in hot weather...... I shorten my oil change mileage a bit. Though it’s still well beyond the recommended intervals. As I run synthetic, I generally change the filter at about the recommended “oil change interval” then change the oil and filter at around the time I would on my “3rd” oil/filter change! But.....that’s just me! [emoticon] memtb


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