Originally Posted by 2012mtlselfocus
hey... well i live in canada so its in km... but the weird thing you know in the manual it says to not go further then 16 000 km between the oil change... and that the computer checking the oil is intelligent depending on the driving condition lot of idle or highways and will advertise you between 8 and 16k km.... i got the car at 22 km on odometer.... did the first oil change at costco will castrol syntec at around 7000 km (way cheaper that at the dealer!) did my oil reset on the computer as saying in the booklet.... now its at 21 000km and still no warning... was waiting for the message... seems that it is not working so i will do my oil change soon.... anyways my point is that when i called the dealer about the windshield washer fluid issue... the tech told me to do my oil change at 8000 km and not 16 000km! wtf!?
I will go for my PCM update for sure!
The dealer is always going to tell you to get your oil changed more frequently - in hopes that you get it done at the dealership... I wanted to change my oil myself at like 5k miles, but never got to it (I checked it often, though - it never even got lower than the hash marks on the dipstick). Then it got cold outside (I live downtown and don't even have a garage/driveway) so I kept putting it off even though I had already bought the filter and the oil. Finally I just had the dealership do it when they reprogrammed my PCM/TCM.
The reasoning was two-fold; I needed the oil change, but also I figured they wouldn't argue about the reprogramming if I got my oil change done there as well.