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#4474581 - 07/30/17 11:07 AM 6 month oil change interval question
mtlineman Offline


Registered: 09/15/08
Posts: 34
Loc: Billings Mt
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.

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#4474587 - 07/30/17 11:16 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4734
Loc: MTL, CANADA
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.
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#4474590 - 07/30/17 11:27 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
FlyNavyP3 Offline


Registered: 07/04/16
Posts: 1407
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
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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#4474591 - 07/30/17 11:28 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
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Loc: Middlesex County CT
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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#4474599 - 07/30/17 11:38 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
TheOilWizard Offline


Registered: 06/02/16
Posts: 105
Loc: US
You have nothing to worry about. Keep doing what you're doing.


Edited by TheOilWizard (07/30/17 11:39 AM)

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#4474606 - 07/30/17 11:45 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 5390
Loc: MIchigan
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.

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#4474610 - 07/30/17 11:53 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: Warstud]
NormanBuntz Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2121
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
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.


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#4474611 - 07/30/17 11:53 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
You could have the factory fill in it still and it wouldn't even be close to sludge.
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#4474612 - 07/30/17 11:53 AM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
bioburner Offline


Registered: 09/19/16
Posts: 1418
Loc: Minnesota
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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#4474625 - 07/30/17 12:12 PM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
69GTX Offline


Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3815
Loc: Connecticut
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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#4474638 - 07/30/17 12:32 PM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
Yah-Tah-Hey Offline


Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3396
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
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

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#4474641 - 07/30/17 12:39 PM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8732
Loc: Phoenix
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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#4474650 - 07/30/17 12:50 PM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4734
Loc: MTL, CANADA
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?
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#4474651 - 07/30/17 12:50 PM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7475
Loc: S California
....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.

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#4474656 - 07/30/17 12:59 PM Re: 6 month oil change interval question [Re: mtlineman]
Dyusik Offline


Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 1979
Loc: US-WA
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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