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Posted: 03/17/22 05:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jdc1 wrote:

What does your owners manual say? The automotive engineers that designed these vehicles are more savy than those that post here.


I would generally agree with this, except....

Assuming the manual is purely miles based, I would worry about forgetting if the miles only call for a change every 3.5 years...

For a gas engine where it's $30-50 and I presume you put her away at the end of the season, I would just go ahead and do it before she gets put to bed. That way she has nice clean non-acidic oil sitting in her during the down time.

But really, modern engines really can take a lot of abuse and keep humming along. As a kid, I recall hearing about engines dying fairly regularly due to lubrication issues (most of those were oil leaks and the engine ran dry). I can't recall the last time I heard of one that could possibly be oil change related.


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"Loving the replies" - So you're trolling?

I see nothing that doesn't show up in every other oil thread. Some people change it every 2999 miles. Some people never change it. Nobody ever has had any problems that can be attributed back to the oil.

The whole "acid" thing is outdated to the point where it's a myth. Maybe back in 1982, but not now. Engines are much tighter, oils much better.

All that said, I change the oil in my 2015 daily driver every 6000 miles, when the oil life gets down to about 25%. I change the oil in my 2002 8.1L Chevy every 2 years whether it needs it or not. No evidence of "acid" in the 2002.


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mkirsch wrote:

"Loving the replies" - So you're trolling?


I was thinking the same thing. No one here is going to change his mind.
He already knew what the replies were going to be before he ever posted the question.


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We tow less than 10,000 miles per year and use the truck sparingly for other trips. We therefore change oil and filter once per year.

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jdc1 wrote:

What does your owners manual say? The automotive engineers that designed these vehicles are more savy than those that post here.


Like Ram’s 6 month interval requirement as of recent years? That’s a joke.
And liability, not reliability figures in a lot into requirements and specifications.
To be fair, there are components of both, but to blindly follow whatever is “required” ( boy, could drag this one the distance…ahem, masks, ahem, vax) may be the ultra “safe” way to go.
But to blindly follow and not question is to be a sheep.

PS, just because you may not have extensive knowledge in a particular subject, does not mean others around you don’t.


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“I think we should be safe with every 2 Years.”

Should be? When the manufacturer says at least yearly? All this over an oil change. My, my.


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Posted: 03/17/22 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Synthetic oil is a great idea for engines that don't get used much. That oil can go for a year no problem, and actually longer.

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jdc1 wrote:

What does your owners manual say? The automotive engineers that designed these vehicles are more savy than those that post here.


100% agree.

Changing full synthetic oil every 4000 miles is like throwing away a perfectly good ice cream cone after you've eaten less than half of it!

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specta wrote:

mkirsch wrote:

"Loving the replies" - So you're trolling?


I was thinking the same thing. No one here is going to change his mind.
He already knew what the replies were going to be before he ever posted the question.


OP here again...
Wow - sorry guys. Because I'm happy to hear what you all think I'm a troll? We never did synthetic oil before. Just wanted informed information on how to do it. I trusted you guys here on RV.net.

Seriously - not a troll, just wanted information. We've used regular motor oil before this and thought that synthetic would be better and we wouldn't need to change it so often.

Carry on...


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Posted: 03/17/22 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Synthetic has higher spec than dino...though dino's spec has been creeping up and up...as has synthetics...

OP, change it as you wish, as it is your vehicle. Just make sure to change the filter too and use one of the better filters. I like PureOne or WIXs (NAPA gold)

Have several vehicles and when married, she didn't put more than 5K per year and couldn't stand to leave it there over a year. So changed if yearly

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