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mannyf

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To reset or not to reset, that is the question.

I didn't get the opportunity to drive my car as often as I would have liked over this last year. Even though I only drove about 1800 miles in the last 10 months, my service light still turned on twice this year. I changed the oil 6 months ago. With mineral oil, regardless of the mileage I would change the oil every 6 months. The car is garaged in California, so weather isn't really a factor.

How often do you low milers change your synthetic oil?

 

Manny

 

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I have the same issue...and change my oil at least once per year with either Motorcraft or Mobil 1 full synthetic 5w50 and a Ford Racing fliter.. With little or no mileage I think 6 months is overkill. Hit the reset and you are going for another 6 months.

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I have the same issue...and change my oil at least once per year with either Motorcraft or Mobil 1 full synthetic 5w50 and a Ford Racing fliter.. With little or no mileage I think 6 months is overkill. Hit the reset and you are going for another 6 months.

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I have averaged about 1,000 miles a year....I change it once a year, every summer, and ignore the light.I am told the Oil light illumination is a simple % a month depletion of the useful life until reaching six months, at which point the cars electronics assume the oil has 0 useful life left. My engine hasn't seized yet!

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I just changed oil after about four years, although my oil only had about 900 miles on it.

 

I sent this sample in to Blackstone and they basically told me I wasted my money as there was still plenty of "juice" on the previous change.

 

I know most swear by changing it out once a year, but I've never seen anything to justify this practice other than it just feels like the right thing to do to some folks. I've even posed the "why change once/year" question to the oil experts, and all I've heard back is crickets.

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