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Today 09:49 PM
RRogers Using.........
Today 08:44 PM
rebelx I'm running close to (but not over) 10k for my oil change intervals. Based on my driving pattern, manufacturer recommendations, and my independent lab oil analyses, there's no reason to do it sooner.

In fact, Blackstone Labs is recommending I go to 12k the next time I want to change oil because there's enough additive left in the oil to not have to worry. I won't be doing so, but it's nice to know there's buffer room.
Today 08:39 PM
RRogers Many Thanks!
Today 08:23 PM
Arco-Zakus
Dzus fasteners

Yes: Dzus fasteners.
Today 10:39 AM
RRogers Tired of the Torx30 wrench (EngineCover) every oil-change.
What about some sort of plastic (prefer metal) "quick-releaser".
Do those exist?
Thanks
10-05-2013 12:29 AM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by Romans5.8 View Post
... But why, oh why, oh why people get so upset about how other people maintain their vehicles is beyond me.
That's easy. If someone else is doing it differently than I am, and they turn out to be right, that makes me (gasp!) wrong! No, no, no, I don't wanna' be wrong! Everyone has to do it just like I do so we can all be right!

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... So yeah, that's why I do it myself too. ...
I do it myself so I'll know that the old filter's O-ring didn't get left stuck to the block when the new filter was installed and that the drain plug got torqued properly so it won't fall out while I'm driving somewhere. I'd pay the price to have someone else do it if I felt like I could trust them. That way I wouldn't have to worry about getting stuck under my car saying, "Help, I've fallen off my creeper and I can't get up!"
10-04-2013 11:55 PM
Romans5.8
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Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
My engine cost several thousands of dollars. to replace it .. even more.
The oil cost $25 plus $4 for the filter.
I change my own. So i can spend the money on Mobil One.
I change my oil when i want to. Not when some ahole tells me to.
So who cares when i change my damn oil??? Besides me?
First off; EXACTLY! It's a great discussion to have. We learn more and hopefully debunk myths (or create new ones). But why, oh why, oh why people get so upset about how other people maintain their vehicles is beyond me.

Second; you brought up something that just drives me NUTS. Synthetic oil shouldn't cost any more (any more than what the oil costs, that is) at a dealer or oil change place, but it always does. Why is a conventional change $29.99 but a full synthetic change $84.99? (Just using numbers I happened to see at a valvoline quick change place I drove by). Even if the oil change place was getting a big discount on conventional oil but paying retail per-quart on the full synthetic, it's not $55 more for synthetic oil. I once asked and the excuse I was given was "Well we sell less of it". The thing is; that's figured into the retail price! That's why synthetic oil probably has a bigger margin than conventional; because it's sold less often. The labor is the same; nothing changes. The oil is more expensive, so no doubt a synthetic change should cost more; but not that much more.

So yeah, that's why I do it myself too. Most oil changes places, with conventional, are so cheap nowadays that you can just swing in and not have to get dirty. But not the case with Synthetic. I get Amsoil by the case from a dealer at a good rate and change it myself.
10-04-2013 06:32 PM
Elizabeth My engine cost several thousands of dollars. to replace it .. even more.
The oil cost $25 plus $4 for the filter.
I change my own. So i can spend the money on Mobil One.
I change my oil when i want to. Not when some ahole tells me to.
So who cares when i change my damn oil??? Besides me?

Added:
Synthetic oil was originally made from natural gas.. So it was 'created'. Then (fairly recently) some started making a similar product from ordinary petroleum (and it cost less to do) So even Mobil shut down it's natural gas to synthetic plant and started making it the cheap way too.
Now, only Amesoil and maybe Royal Purple make their synthetic from natural gas like old times.
All the rest is more carefully refined from petroleum.
I use Mobil One and have no fear that is may be 'inferior'.
10-04-2013 06:15 PM
Justintoxicated
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Originally Posted by Woggy64 View Post
From the 2012 manual:
Engine oil/coolant change intervals
Engine oil As indicated by the message center (can be up
to one year or 10,000 miles [16,000 km])

has anyone seen the message on the center screen yet? I always am a few miles early of the 10k mark, and didn't realize this car would display a message. I know GM cars show the percentage of oil life left in their message centers.
Nope I went over 13k and mine has never come on. Dealership denied it was broken. However they could not get my windshield washer fluid light to work either, and that was easy to prove. They ended up changing the PCM so I'm going to go 6k, change my oil and purposely not reset the sensor. If it does not come on for 12k, back to the dealer it goes until they fix it.
10-04-2013 02:57 PM
Opee33
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Originally Posted by cbdallas View Post
As cynical as I am, sometimes even I am suckered in by marketing. This is the commercial that sold me on synthetic oils. Mobil1 is probably completely different today, but I've always thought this is the commercial you need to remember when you think of your turbo's best interests.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beyNfMAQRlA


For me it was opposite in Canada same kind of ad just out of a -40c freezer showing cold starts.
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