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6 month oil change interval question #4474581
07/30/17 10:07 AM
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mtlineman Offline OP
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I have a 3 year old 4 cyl Toyota Camry with 5500 miles on it, Ive been using 0w/20 Mobil 1 & Wix filters at 6 month intervals since new. Lately I've read of possible sludge problems doing this. Is this a problem or am I OK, this is my wifes car. Wondering if I'd be better off using cheaper oil at 3 month intervals. I'm 73 years old and like the 6 month deal if its OK.

Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474587
07/30/17 10:16 AM
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Your car has 5500 miles on it? How many miles on an oil change? 0w20 M1 syn could go a year, likely more with no adverse effects. I would do a once a year change. Sludge claims are nonsense for a 6 month interval.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474590
07/30/17 10:27 AM
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If you're only putting 5500 miles on over 3 years just change it annually. Toyota service interval is 12 months or 10,000 miles. No need to be worried about sludge with a quality oil like you're running especially with so little usage.


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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474591
07/30/17 10:28 AM
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No issues with that. On a side note, if you are doing your trips in 3 or 4 mile increments, you might want to get the car up to temperature a few times a month especially during the winter to drive off moisture.


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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474599
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You have nothing to worry about. Keep doing what you're doing.

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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474606
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Originally Posted By: mtlineman
Ive been using 0w/20 Mobil 1


I see no reason for you to use synthetic oil if your averaging 1800 miles a year. Buy a name brand conventional and $5 filter and change once a year.

Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: Warstud] #4474610
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Originally Posted By: Warstud
Originally Posted By: mtlineman
Ive been using 0w/20 Mobil 1


I see no reason for you to use synthetic oil if your averaging 1800 miles a year. Buy a name brand conventional and $5 filter and change once a year.


This


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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474611
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You could have the factory fill in it still and it wouldn't even be close to sludge.


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2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474612
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From what I have read here and other places the sludge issue was resolved with the newer engines.
I do concur with others in that car could use a good run or two a month to get everything to normal temps



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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474625
07/30/17 11:12 AM
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I just changed out my M1 oil yesterday after 14 months and 1,120 miles. If I used name brand conventional oil like PYB, GTX, VWB, M5K...it might have saved me $3 on the total oil change cost. Not a big deal. And I prefer the better protection synthetic offers if/when I drive the car hard.


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2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 39K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474638
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Use Mobil I 0W-30, Denso oil filter and change them twice a year. Don't consider mileage. Maybe overdoing it but you won't have sludge. Replace the PCV valve every three years when you replace the air filter. smile

Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474641
07/30/17 11:39 AM
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5500 miles in 3 years means you're dumping M1 every 6 months that has less than a thousand miles on it! crzy

At least push it out to 12 months...even that is major overkill.


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Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4474650
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Originally Posted By: HosteenJorje
Use Mobil I 0W-30, Denso oil filter and change them twice a year. Don't consider mileage. Maybe overdoing it but you won't have sludge. Replace the PCV valve every three years when you replace the air filter. smile


Why use 0w30 instead of 0w20?


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474651
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....and don't forget a long drive to grandmother's house every month or so.

Next look at your tire pressures, cooling system and don't forget battery maintenance.

Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman] #4474656
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Sounds like your car should be 55 percent through its first oci. No sludge has ever developed in any of my vehicles from using oil fills for multiple years. But do get it hot once in a while, like previously stated.


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