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+1. I can't even trust an oil at 6k. If I doubled my oil capacity THEN I might trust it to go 6k. Problem is dirt is dirt and there's only so much 4.5 quarts can take of that dirt no matter how good the oil is. Is it really that difficult to change the oil every 3 months/3k miles? Nope.
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I do mine every 6k or whenever I get around to it . It usually ends up being 8-10k because my own truck is always the last one to get worked on. I run full synthetic.

Changing it every 3k is overkill on a modern car. The 3k mile oil change is from the days of carbureted cars where your oil would be contaminated much faster and the oil wasn't as good. Changing it too frequently can actually be bad for your catalytic converter because some of the additives in the oil end up getting burned and can contaminate it.
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I do it when my oil service reminder go to about 20%. That translate to maybe 6 months or so.

I'm really tempted to go full synthetic. I've been using dino all these time...I'm just afraid because it's so expensive and I *heard* you can't go back once you go full synthetic.
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I do it when my oil service reminder go to about 20%. That translate to maybe 6 months or so.

I'm really tempted to go full synthetic. I've been using dino all these time...I'm just afraid because it's so expensive and I *heard* you can't go back once you go full synthetic.
Hmmm. My 4Runner takes 5 qts. even if we count at 10 a pop that is only 50 a year. How much are you spending on your dino? More importantly how much time are you wasting getting all those oil changes?

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Personally I don't think the breakdown of the oil is the issue at this point if you're using synthetic. I think the issue lies with the filter. Once it can no longer remove particles in the oil then you have it flowing through the engine. Nobody ever mentions the filter.

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Once in the spring and once in the fall. Usually ends up about 6k.

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Personally I don't think the breakdown of the oil is the issue at this point if you're using synthetic. I think the issue lies with the filter. Once it can no longer remove particles in the oil then you have it flowing through the engine. Nobody ever mentions the filter.
Agree. And that is why Amsoil has designed filters that can go the distance. In my case I still use OEM because I barely go over 12k on my vehicles a year and OEm filters are good for that period. That is coming from Toyota technicians.

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In europe, people don't change oil as often.
I don't know if it's the industry here, or is the US oil just that much worse
in any case, it's also a matter of WASTE, in which regards the US is still quite ignorant.

in europe, people change it every 10k miles. If you're really nice to your car, you'll change it at 8k, but rarely anybody does that. People run it beyond 10k too.

that being said, i change my oil in the truck every once in a while, mostly around 6k. i don't drive that much, so i have to keep looking not to forget it.
if i knew the oil is the same as the standard oil in europe, i'd wait 10k.

on the same note, Steve doesn't change oil in his van. he never has.
the van has now 250k. he just adds oil LOL. mostly our bike stuff. go figure..

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the van has now 250k. he just adds oil LOL. mostly our bike stuff. go figure..
That's awesome! I did the same thing to an old car I used to have
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I do mine every 6k or whenever I get around to it . It usually ends up being 8-10k because my own truck is always the last one to get worked on. I run full synthetic.

Changing it every 3k is overkill on a modern car. The 3k mile oil change is from the days of carbureted cars where your oil would be contaminated much faster and the oil wasn't as good. Changing it too frequently can actually be bad for your catalytic converter because some of the additives in the oil end up getting burned and can contaminate it.
I'll take the overkill. First 900 miles on dino, then the rest on Mobil 1 syn or Castrol Syntec. I'd bet there's a difference with oil that has 4K miles on it versus the same oil with 1K miles on it.. Any 'coating' that may be trying to form is being burnt off long before it can build up.

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Personally I don't think the breakdown of the oil is the issue at this point if you're using synthetic. I think the issue lies with the filter. Once it can no longer remove particles in the oil then you have it flowing through the engine. Nobody ever mentions the filter.
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I'll take the overkill. First 900 miles on dino, then the rest on Mobil 1 syn or Castrol Syntec. I'd bet there's a difference with oil that has 4K miles on it versus the same oil with 1K miles on it.. Any 'coating' that may be trying to form is being burnt off long before it can build up.
Out of curiosity, where did you come up with your miles between oil changes?

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Changing it too frequently can actually be bad for your catalytic converter because some of the additives in the oil end up getting burned and can contaminate it.
You talking bout ZDDP? They phased that out in 2006 because of all the cats that were failing due to that stuff.
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