|11-23-2012 11:19 AM|
I always encourage people to follow what their Owner's Manual say. For your vehicle, the IOLM will go off when you're due for an oil change, but we also recommend that you not exceed one year or 10,000 miles between changes.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your dealership or send me a PM. You can also download a copy of your Owner's Manual here: https://owner.ford.com/servlet/Conte...OwnerGuidePage
Have a great weekend!
|11-22-2012 03:31 PM|
Eiron answered the "trust" question quite well!
To paraphrase for chuckles, If you "cheat" the system (by using cheap oil), it'll "cheat" you! (by not telling to change it when you should).
Factory spec. oil or better, no worries....
|11-21-2012 02:54 PM|
H.O. Penn's S.O.S. labs run mine. But I was willing to trust that the oil I was using (Mobil 1) wouldn't let me down while I was sweating out the long OCIs. And I was also willing to run multiple UOAs over several years worth of driving so that I could establish a valid trend for each engine. You have to keep in mind that a single UOA is not enough data to establish a valid trend history, so I'd suggest a minimum of three UOAs. The more, the better.
Of course, my general recommendation is to only do what you feel comfortable doing. You have to be able to sleep at night.
|11-21-2012 02:43 PM|
And you can always up-spec the oil to something of better quality, like Mobil 1 or Amsoil's PAO/Group IV full syn. Then it becomes a little harder to tell when the oil is ready to be changed. Obviously, you can go longer than you would with an oil meeting only the minimum specs, but for how much longer? Since none of my cars have IOLMs, I send my oil out to a lab for Used Oil Analysis (UOA) to determine how long I can go. Since each car has a different engine & a different driver (meaning a different driving style), each car gets a different OCI based on its UOA results. My wife's 2002 2.0L 4 cyl turbo Saab (130k mi) gets an oil change every 5k mi with Mobil 1 5W-40. My 1990 2.0L 4 cyl n/a Saab (273k mi) gets an oil change every 20k mi with Mobil 1 10W-40 High Mileage. And my daughter's 2002 Zetec Focus Wagon (157k mi) has had only one oil change so far, after 16k mi with Mobil1 0W-40. But that was after 2 yrs, so I felt I should probably change it anyway.
I also discovered that you can change just the oil filter & see a noticeable improvement in oil quality (based on UOA results). On my wife's 1999 turbo, I was able to easily extend the OCI from 5k mi to 10k mi by only changing the filter. But if you don't have an IOLM, I'd still recommend having UOA done.
|11-21-2012 12:31 PM|
|mdaby3||Well, I guess the question is: should I really trust it?|
|11-21-2012 12:29 PM|
|11-20-2012 02:52 PM|
|mdaby3||I just did total synthetic on this oil change for the first time. We'll see what happens. They told me I can go at least 8000 miles.|
|11-20-2012 02:28 PM|
|oshoguno||Yeah, I am really leary of letting it go that long. How does the system know the quality of the oil going in. A lot of the 15 minute oil change places use bulk recycled or partially recycled oil. Does the system assume a minimum oil quality? If I am going to let it go 10K+ I would use synthetic just for the piece of mind, quality wise. I haven't done an oil change yet (only 1k so far on the car) but I won't let it go longer than 10K at any time and will use synthetic every time with a filter every time.|
|11-20-2012 07:41 AM|
|mdaby3||I gave up on the IOLM and finally had my oil changed after 9,000 miles. I got my "notice" yesterday and it would have been over 12,000 miles since my last oil change had I waited. It's easy enough to reset. But still---12,000+ miles?|
|11-19-2012 03:48 PM|
|canadianlarry||I appreciate all the input and information. My plan is to let the dealership do the oil changes that the car asks for in order to maintain a presence for warranty, and to do the extra ones myself. I will post when the reminder comes on. Since I did not reset it, and I don't think you can unless it is on, it is still keeping track from day one. Stay tuned.|
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