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trikkonceptz 05-27-2008 02:28 PM

Synthetic Motor Oil Change Interval
Now that new car companies are pushing 5000 miles between oil changes with standard 5w-30 blend oil what is the oil change interval for a full synthetic like the Mobil-1 0w-20?

PaleMelanesian 05-27-2008 02:52 PM

I don't know, but both of my Hondas (1996 and 2004) specify 7,500 miles between changes. I've changed to a 10,000-mile interval with synthetic now.

ttoyoda 05-27-2008 03:29 PM

If you change less often then acids will build up more in the oil.

Having the used oil analyzed would tell you if there is going to be a problem.

Duffman 05-27-2008 08:04 PM

I highly recommend this forum:

It has all the answers wrt to oil. Ask a model specific question wrt to your car and you should get a good interval based on others experience.

TheDon 05-27-2008 08:26 PM

I use

for oil analysis, I just haven't gotten around to sending in my oil

Johnny Mullet 05-27-2008 10:56 PM

7500 miles seems like a great mileage for all oil changes synthetic or petrolium. I always went 7500 mile intervals with no problems. Draining at 3000 miles seemed like a waste of good oil when it comes out clean and the oil at 7500 just "looked" right to me.

Bror Jace 05-27-2008 11:37 PM

Yes, BITOG (BobIsTheOilGuy) is an excellent forum for all things automotive that have to deal with fuel and lubricants.

The best short answer is there is no perfect short answer. I saw one oil analysis of a late-model Honda that used the on-board oil-life-monitor system to let him know when he should change his oil. For those of us that regularly get UOAs done (I too use Blackstone Labs) we thought the oil had been pushed too far. It was not a catastrophic result, but what’s the sense in trying to save $10 per year by pushing oil changes out 20% too long?

If you live in an area of the country that is very moist, sees extremes of hot and cold and/or you make frequent short trips, it’s a good idea to change it a bit more frequently. The OLM takes some of these things into account … but then makes a judgement I don’t agree with.

Without UOAs, I’d use 6,000 miles for a “conventional” motor oil and 8,000 for a synthetic such as Mobil 1, Amsoil, Pennzoil Platinum, Castrol Syntec, etc …

Red 05-27-2008 11:44 PM

6k on the Jeep, once the Insight comes online, it'll see 7-10k changes

PolyOlefin 05-29-2008 10:02 PM

Whatever you do, please don't waste Mobil 1 by draining it at 3,000 miles. Don't go any less than 5,000 unless there are known problems with the engine.

Even if you buy the cheapest motor oil you can get your hands on, it will still do fine in 5k intervals.

trikkonceptz 05-29-2008 10:52 PM

I ask because I was going for 10K intervals, but many have told me I can go to 15K with no problems. This vibe runs great and has 36K miles on it, I got it with 10K. So I will likely stretch to 10K until evidence proves to the contrary ..

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