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#4662173 - 02/10/18 05:04 PM Shorter OCI ?
Camprunner Offline

Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1032
Loc: MA.
So with my cancer treatment the cold is a significant issue for me for several reasons I won't get into. My Nissan Pathfinder 2012 V6 lives outside and it gets cold here in Western Mass so I use my remote start to warm up the truck for between 5-15 minutes depending on how cold it is outside. This is not something I prefer to do but I have to so my question is how much should I shorten my OCI with all the idle time? I normally change it between 5,500-7,000 miles running synthetic like QSUD, Valvoline Synpower, Castrol GTX Magnatec etc.

#4662177 - 02/10/18 05:10 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
69Torino Offline

Registered: 12/12/17
Posts: 233
Loc: Indy
the difference is negligible.
Apparently I own too many cars and toys to fit in a signature.

#4662178 - 02/10/18 05:11 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
bbhero Offline

Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 4611
Loc: Virginia
I'd say you are just fine staying with what you are doing. The fleets of taxi cabs, buses and police cars all run long intervals with no problems despite seeing a lot of idling time.

Having said that... Just take care of yourself the best you can. Take everything one day at a time. I hope and pray that you can overcome all of this. One day at a time, one step at a time through this journey.
Nissan Altima 3.5 Coupe Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic 5w30 Federated Auto 4612ex
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#4662188 - 02/10/18 05:25 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
BrocLuno Offline

Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5506
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
Does the 5~7K net you two changes a year? Or are you really on one change a year?

That's what I'd do. One nice easy change in the fall so a 0W would be fresh for the cold and not sweat anything else. You have enough on your plate w/o worrying this little insignificant detail...
Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.

#4662191 - 02/10/18 05:31 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
littleant Offline

Registered: 10/10/17
Posts: 388
Loc: Vermont
Agree with everyone above. Your OCI is fine. Just take care of yourself.
I can't prevent getting old but I REFUSE to grow up.
2010 Mountaineer 4.0
2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0

#4662208 - 02/10/18 06:00 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
JohnnyJohnson Offline

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2731
Loc: Wet side WA
One extended OCI won't matter. Take care.
2004 Toyota Corolla 121525
Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030
In: Valvoline ML 5w-30 TG4967 117530 2-8-18
2006 Duramax 74016
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73752 4-22-18

#4662233 - 02/10/18 06:39 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
Camprunner Offline

Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1032
Loc: MA.
Thank you all ! .. It looks like I will be driving to Boston to Dana-Faber cancer center (about 3 hrs from me) twice a week from now on. Last week I was approved for a new cancer trial they are picking 100 people for this trial so we will see how it goes. I don't mind driving to Boston I went to school there and I love that city!

I was doing two oil changes a year 10w30 from April-October and 5w30 from Oct/Nov-April about 14/15,000 per year. Now with going to Boston every 2 weeks looks like that millage will most definitely go up.

#4662342 - 02/10/18 09:04 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
Garak Offline

Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24574
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
You'll be fine with that OCI, I'm sure. As for the warming up, not a big deal - the vehicle is there to serve you. When my mom had cancer, there was plenty of idling to get that vehicle up to an appropriate temperature for her in the winter. Given that I'm a big baby about the cold, I wasn't complaining about warming it up, either. Take care of yourself!
Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515

#4662406 - 02/10/18 11:30 PM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
gathermewool Offline

Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 5986
Take care of yourself and feel free to vent here, if you need to. This place is for more than just oil, brother!

What is your driving pattern? I'm sorry if I missed it, but all I've read is your warm-up idle patterns. What you do after idling matters more to me. A three-block drive will be much harsher than a 20-mile drive.

#4662448 - 02/11/18 01:54 AM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4732
I think your OCI is already reasonable. Sorry to hear about your cancer. Hope ur treatments go well. smile

I idle my car alot with a 1 year old, im about his comfort. Car is there to serve our comfort. Good oil and regular changes, I wouldnt worry about it. Focus on you.

Edited by Rolla07 (02/11/18 01:56 AM)
2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

#4662473 - 02/11/18 03:40 AM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Rolla07]
Duffyjr Online   content

Registered: 01/13/16
Posts: 503
Loc: Nebraska
With that much highway time you'll burn off any fuel/moisture they may get in the sump. Like others have said here your vehicle is here to serve you.

Good luck and stay positive.
89 GMC Sierra T5 10w30/Wix
08 Lucerne Mobil 5000 5w30
99 LeSabre QSGB 10w30/TG
18 Toro Super Recycler T5 10w30

#4662578 - 02/11/18 08:14 AM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
Matagonka Offline

Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 469
Loc: NC
It's fine. No worries. It would be a different story if it was a GDI engine.

#4662597 - 02/11/18 08:27 AM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Camprunner]
JLTD Offline

Registered: 12/15/17
Posts: 641
Loc: US
Best wishes for you beating it!!

To me, 3 hours each way, twice a week more than balances out the idle time.

Plus, the mostly highway miles makes you a good candidate for an extended drain oil - your 3 hour trip to Boston, estimated at 180 miles each way makes it 9360 miles every 6 months...
His: 2015 4Runner SR5 1GR-FE 37k, Amsoil OE 5w20/Wix
Testing vs Amsoil OE 5w30...then longer OCI on SS

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 134k, Amsoil SS 5w30/Amsoil, minimum 10k oci

#4662607 - 02/11/18 08:31 AM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: Matagonka]
demarpaint Offline

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29737
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: Matagonka
It's fine. No worries. It would be a different story if it was a GDI engine.

True in a lot of cases. Just be careful what you say about GDI engines........ wink
God Bless Our Troops

#4662614 - 02/11/18 08:36 AM Re: Shorter OCI ? [Re: demarpaint]
Matagonka Offline

Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 469
Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: demarpaint
Originally Posted By: Matagonka
It's fine. No worries. It would be a different story if it was a GDI engine.

True in a lot of cases. Just be careful what you say about GDI engines........ wink

I have one and I like it, a lot.

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