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Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance #4455150
07/10/17 10:28 AM
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DFW, TX
Ddubya Offline OP
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Assuming I am using high quality oils (Castrol Edge EP, PPHM, or full syn MaxLife for the Caddy DTS / Castrol Magnatec Syn, PP, or PUP for the Mazda) and filters (Napa Gold, Platinum, or Fram Ultra), is there any real danger of exceeding a 1 year OCI (max would be 18 months) if I am under 10K miles between changes? Neither cars are under warranty, and I have been changing the Mazda at 7K miles and the Cadillac once per year (which equaled about 8K miles and still about 25% on the OLM). I'm thinking I could stretch the Mazda out to 1 year or 8K miles (whichever comes first) and the DTS to 10K miles or 18 months without any real concerns. Neither cars burn oil, but the Cadillac does have a minor version of "the Northstar leak", which means it leaks a little while hot/warm, but none at ambient temperatures.

The Mazda takes 5.5qts and the Cadillac 7.5qts as an FYI.

I do not currently plan on getting UOAs on either car, but I am open to the idea. I appreciate your comments/thoughts. Thank you.

Last edited by Ddubya; 07/10/17 10:38 AM.

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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Ddubya] #4455163
07/10/17 10:39 AM
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Which engine is in the Mazda 6? If it's the MZR I4, I'd have no problem going 10K on it.


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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Miller88] #4455167
07/10/17 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted By: Miller88
Which engine is in the Mazda 6? If it's the MZR I4, I'd have no problem going 10K on it.


I think that is the one. It's a 2.5L inline 4 which I think is kind of a Ford/Mazda mashup (same or similar to the Ford Duratech). I know Mazda is fully independent now, but I never really understood the arrangement/partnership between them and Ford at the time. The way I understand it, the generation 6 we have is mechanically a Ford Fusion, with body, interior, and suspension by Mazda. It's been a great car, and the new 6 is on my short list when it is time to replace it in 2 or 3 years.

Last edited by Ddubya; 07/10/17 10:50 AM.

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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Ddubya] #4455257
07/10/17 12:40 PM
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I used to run 10k and even ran 13k on my 2010 Mazda 3 and had good UOA. I was using mobile 1 ep and filter


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1995 F150 XL 4.9 reg cab 5MT - 251k 5w30
2016 Mazda6 Touring 6MT - 57k 10w30
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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Ddubya] #4455295
07/10/17 01:30 PM
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You want to stretch the DTS out to 10k miles or 18 months but the manual will say change it after a year and Mobil 1 Annual Protection says to change the oil after a year so why would you stretch it out to 18 months!


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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Ddubya] #4455331
07/10/17 02:24 PM
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I think Mobil1 Annual Protection states to follow manufacturers recommendations. That being said, given that the vehicles in question aren't under warranty, I would confidently run 10k with the right oil. Nor would I be afraid to exceed the one year mark with the right oil. But whereas Mobil Annual Protection places a limitation on themselves of one year, I would not want to exceed that. They know their limitations.


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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Ddubya] #4455339
07/10/17 02:31 PM
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Oil doesn't have a wristwatch, or a calendar.


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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Dyusik] #4455379
07/10/17 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted By: Dyusik
Oil doesn't have a wristwatch, or a calendar.


Truth has been spoken.


Thick vs Thin test: 15k / 43k miles complete
Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: 03s] #4455426
07/10/17 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted By: 03s
so why would you stretch it out to 18 months!


Because multiple used oil analysis on this site show it really doesn't matter how long the oil sits in the oil pan

It's not a perishable, like milk is


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Dyusik] #4455438
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Originally Posted By: Dyusik
Oil doesn't have a wristwatch, or a calendar.


oh my God....blasphemy....

Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Kuato] #4455444
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Originally Posted By: Kuato
Originally Posted By: Dyusik
Oil doesn't have a wristwatch, or a calendar.


Truth has been spoken.


thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

With my 1996 Contour, which I still have, and my 2002 F-150 I regularly ran 8,000+ OCI's in 18 to 24 month intervals and the engines were still spotless under the valve cover and the few UOA's I did showed no unusual wear metals. I used Mobil 1, Castrol Edge, Valvoline Synpower and Pennzoil Platinum. I did very little short tripping. Most of the driving was 9-10 mile trips on secondary highways with some longer distance highway driving thrown in.

Whimsey

Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Whimsey] #4455492
07/10/17 05:20 PM
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^^

Thank you. Cool that you still have your Contour. I had a late 90s Mercury Mystique V6 that I bought used and drove for many years prior to selling it. It never left me stranded or anything like that, but it had lots of little issues that needed attention as it got older. It was a really fun car to drive, and I enjoyed it.

Last edited by Ddubya; 07/10/17 05:21 PM.

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2010 Mazda 6i Touring (PP or Castrol Magnatec Syn)
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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Ddubya] #4455681
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Originally Posted By: Ddubya
Originally Posted By: Miller88
Which engine is in the Mazda 6? If it's the MZR I4, I'd have no problem going 10K on it.


I think that is the one. It's a 2.5L inline 4 which I think is kind of a Ford/Mazda mashup (same or similar to the Ford Duratech). I know Mazda is fully independent now, but I never really understood the arrangement/partnership between them and Ford at the time. The way I understand it, the generation 6 we have is mechanically a Ford Fusion, with body, interior, and suspension by Mazda. It's been a great car, and the new 6 is on my short list when it is time to replace it in 2 or 3 years.


Yep! That's the one! 10K on a synthetic and a good filter and don't look back!


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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: Ddubya] #4455701
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Looking at UOA data and being involved in the thread about a member who has 62,000 miles on the same AmsOil fill (with by-pass filtering) with top-ups when he changes his full flow OEM style filters (10K IIRC), I'd say it should be easy to go 10K for both those cars given the oil you are using smile


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Re: Time vs. Miles for OCI circumstance [Re: otis24] #4455728
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Originally Posted By: otis24
. But whereas Mobil Annual Protection places a limitation on themselves of one year, I would not want to exceed that. They know their limitations.



No

I bet it would be fine for more than a year. Since the are calling it AP, the are only warrantying it for a year. If warrantying is even a word. I don't think their issue is lack of longevity, rather they don't want people trying to run it forever and then suing them for not saying to change oil.

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