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#4593304 - 12/03/17 06:00 PM The One Year Deadline
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
About two months until the one year deadline. The thought of draining such an expensive oil with only 2,000 miles on it is a little unnerving. What would you guys do ?

2000 Buick LeSabre
OCI Start: January 30, 2017
Mileage: 129,468
Oil: 5 quarts of Valvoline Synpower 5W-40
Filter: Fram Ultra XG3387A
Current Mileage: 131,378
Mileage on current fill: 1,910

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#4593305 - 12/03/17 06:01 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
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Loc: Wet side WA
Take a UOA!
Then decide.


Edited by Kestas (12/03/17 06:17 PM)
Edit Reason: No need to completely quote the first post in the second post.
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#4593308 - 12/03/17 06:02 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
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You seem to be driving less than before.
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#4593310 - 12/03/17 06:04 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
PimTac Offline


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Merk, you can go longer than one year with that kind of mileage driven. I would run it two years.
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#4593311 - 12/03/17 06:04 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
FlyNavyP3 Offline


Registered: 07/04/16
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Seems like you should have more like a 10 year deadline!
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#4593319 - 12/03/17 06:18 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15829
Loc: OH
Well that isn't all that costly of an oil, but it does carry various Euro certs and should be fine for more than a single year.
There are a number of multi year low miles UOAs to be found here all of which show that nothing bad happens to oil after a year in the pan.
How do you manage to drive fewer miles in a year than I do in five weeks?
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#4593334 - 12/03/17 06:27 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
carviewsonic Offline


Registered: 08/17/16
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Loc: Alberta
I would leave it in for another year. That's very low mileage on good quality oil and filter.
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#4593337 - 12/03/17 06:29 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 6050
Depends.

I'm sure you've posted your routine in the past, but I don't recall. One year of daily short-trips is not the same as one year of only long weekend trips; throw idle time in there and whatever else you do with your vehicle and it makes guessing pretty impossible.

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#4593344 - 12/03/17 06:38 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4301
Loc: North Carolina
Let it ride.

Or don't. I've been known to drain the oil and chuck a filter with only a few hundred miles on it because I wasn't the one who put it in there, or I hit the one year mark, or was putting the car away for a few months, or I got bored.
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#4593351 - 12/03/17 06:46 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
NormanBuntz Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
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Merk, you know the drill. If it's mostly a short tripper, with 1,900 miles already rung up, I'd still go another six months. If you do some regular highway driving, make it another year.
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#4593356 - 12/03/17 06:52 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: PimTac]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
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Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: PimTac
Merk, you can go longer than one year with that kind of mileage driven. I would run it two years.


I agree...unless you are doing all short trips.
If you are doing a > than 10 mile drive once a week....I'd go another 2K at least.

PS: After I posted my response I read the other responses and see that other great minds think alike regarding short trips.

Merk: Why are you running a 40 weight in your Buick?....does it use oil?
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#4593414 - 12/03/17 07:45 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 494
Loc: texas
I drain and fill my moms car every Christmas with Magnetec. It comes out darn near the same color as it went in. She only put ~1200 miles on it.

For me its a routine. That car can go 10 years but my mom is 76 years old and I don't want any change of her car have any oil issue. Help me sleep for $20 a year. totally worth it.

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#4593435 - 12/03/17 08:07 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
Alex_V Offline


Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1174
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
Do a UOA (close to the cost of just changing the oil again) for peace of mind, run it 18-24 months, then run $17 VML 10w30 in it after that! I maintain 5 Lesabres with 3800's in them - 55K, 135K, 185K, 228K, and 271K, and they all run like a top while the two highest mileage ones are probably the two least cared for. The 3800 doesn't need much in the way of lubrication.
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#4593438 - 12/03/17 08:09 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
Patman Offline



Registered: 05/27/02
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Loc: Oakville, Ontario
Definitely keep going. I've been doing 2 year intervals with my Corvette because I can't bring myself to drain perfectly good Mobil 1 that has only 4 or 5k on it. My UOAs show this to be a safe practice.
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#4593452 - 12/03/17 08:21 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
AZjeff Offline


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Posts: 2727
Loc: PV Az
It's a 17 year old Buick being driven 166 miles a month. Do whatever you want with this oil but why not put in the cheapest 10w-40(or 30) you can find and a decent filter and change it every January 1st and worry about other things? You could buy real maple syrup with the money you save for instance....
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