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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

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

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2876
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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Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030
In: VML 5w-30 TG4967 117530 2-8-18
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Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18

#4593308 - 12/03/17 06:02 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
The Critic Online   crying

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19877
Loc: CA
You seem to be driving less than before.
2011 Toyota Prius - 170k - ServicePro Dexos 0W-20
2007 Honda Accord 2.4 - 129K - Idemitsu 5W-20

#4593310 - 12/03/17 06:04 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
PimTac Offline

Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4584
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Merk, you can go longer than one year with that kind of mileage driven. I would run it two years.
2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Valvoline Advanced Synthetic 0w20
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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
Posts: 1424
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
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?
17 Forester 12K MSS 0W-20
12 Accord LX 86K PP 5W-20
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95 318i

#4593334 - 12/03/17 06:27 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
carviewsonic Offline

Registered: 08/17/16
Posts: 226
Loc: Alberta
I would leave it in for another year. That's very low mileage on good quality oil and filter.
'18 Impala new
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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

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.

#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.
"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."

#4593351 - 12/03/17 06:46 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
NormanBuntz Offline

Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2163
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
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.
2017 Honda Odyssey SE, 14K
2013 Honda Accord LX, 58K
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 86K
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#4593356 - 12/03/17 06:52 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: PimTac]
pbm Offline

Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 7636
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.

#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.
I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 113K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 169K
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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
Posts: 20472
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.
2018 Corvette (M1 5w30 ESP Formula & Fram Ultra)
2006 Civic EX Coupe (PUP 5w20 & Fram Ultra)
2010 BMW 328i X-Drive (GC 0w40 & Mann)

#4593452 - 12/03/17 08:21 PM Re: The One Year Deadline [Re: Merkava_4]
AZjeff Offline

Registered: 01/14/11
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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