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Old 05-20-2004, 04:56 PM   #1
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I am going on a road trip over the Memorial Day weekend. I will be putting around 1500 miles on my car.

Here is my dilema, and what i want your opinion on. My last oil change was at 19,000 miles. I am currently at 22,000 miles. I expect to be around 22,300 when i leave, so i should be about 23,800 when i return. The shop that does my oil changes recommends my next service at 24k. Is it better to wait till i get back, or should i play it safe and change my oil before i leave.

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Old 05-20-2004, 04:58 PM   #2
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i would say wait until you get back. highway driving is a lot easier on your car than normal in-town driving.
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I'm paranoid and I always do a oil change and check fliuds before I leave for a trip.
Also, do a look over of the car. Tires, brakes, etc.
Make sure your car is ready for the trip.

If I put over 2K miles during the trip, the car gets another oil change when I return.

Oil is cheap compared to repairing engine damage.
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i'd wait. they say to change your oil every 3000 miles but it can last up to 7000 miles before it starts to break down. I change mine every 5000 miles.
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