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Old 03-21-2014, 02:08 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Juicedz View Post
I have decided to stick with a 7k-8k mile oil change interval. Currently using mobile 1 extended performance and a motorcraft oil filter.
I also stick around 7 to 8k miles. Though Im more keen to keeping it in tune with the seasons. Say I change the oil right as school starts(Aug-Sept). I wont touch it til right before spring. I also use M1 EP but the 2 previous changes were with M1 OF, this time around Im using the P1 20195.(longer version)
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I also drive low miles per year.
I tend to agree with the once a year spec. if the miles are not high enough for a required oil change.
The fact a low miles per year car almost always has only short trips means the oil has more contaminants in it
(long trips burn them away. Short trips do not)

So I go with the once a year oil change. Though 12 months is not neccessary the exact spacing.
I am pretty much going to change mine again (myself) in April or May. When I did the last on a year ago in February.
So I am in the 14 month sort of change I would say.
With only 4K miles.. that is way below the miles, but a little over the time.
I sort of adjust as I have indoor parking. So my ride is not below zero all winter, and i never have to cold start in sub freezing temps! (How I come to that conclusion affecting the one year timing do not ask.) I just checked my oil recently and it is still pretty 'golden' with only some grey/black tinge, when looked at on the paper towel. Still smells right. No gasoline smell, no burnt smell.
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Originally Posted by ps56k View Post
Wife has a 2013 Ford Focus hatch SE - bought about a year ago (March 2013).
She only drives short hop to work, and around town...
only 5k miles in the past year.

SO - should we wait for the "oil monitor" to get the oil changed ?
What about any other maint, usually dictated by mileage ?
How should you handle maint for a low milege car vs calendar ?
Hi ps56k,

I recommend following the instructions given on pg. 322 of the 3rd printing of your owner's manual here. You'll see that the:

Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor® determines when the engine oil needs to be changed based on how your vehicle is used. By using several important factors in its calculations, the monitor helps reduce the cost of owning your vehicle and reduce environmental waste at the same time. This means you won’t have to remember to change the oil on a mileage-based schedule; the vehicle lets you know when an oil change is due by displaying ENGINE OIL CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED in the information display.

Please see the chart on pg. 322 to determine when to change your oil.

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