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How often do you check your oil level? #5065168 04/05/19 11:56 AM
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Daily
Every few days
Weekly
Every couple weeks
Monthly
Every few months
Before a big trip
Never

I probably check about Monthly.


2007 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD.
2005 Toyota Avalon XLS
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065176 04/05/19 11:59 AM
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Depends on the vehicle. I've had vehicles anywhere from ones that needed to be checked at each gas fill up, to ones that used zero oil in a 12,000 mile OCI.


I use the overseas manual to choose my viscosity.

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Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 154k, SS 5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 60k, SS 5w20/Amsoil

Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065178 04/05/19 12:00 PM
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Every few months. It doesn't even have 8,000 miles on it, it certainly isn't burning any oil to worry about checking it.


'18 Honda Accord Touring, 1.5T, 13,500mi, 1/2 M1 AFE 0w20, 1/2 PPPP 5w30 w/ M1 filter.
'19 Elantra, 2.0NA, 4000mi, FF/Filter, hers (lease)
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065182 04/05/19 12:01 PM
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Whenever I feel like it. I aim for monthly. On my beaters it really should be every fill up, as it wouldn't be the first time a vehicle just "suddenly" overnight starts drinking oil, but TBH it's about once a month. Only one vehicle won't go 5k w/o topping off, and I know what's wrong with it, and am hoping to fix when it gets warmer.


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 196k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 155k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 217k, his
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065185 04/05/19 12:03 PM
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The oil light tells me I need oil.

Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065189 04/05/19 12:06 PM
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With no loss, I would check it at some point halfway through the OCI, some 2K-4K miles. I recently started noticing a slight loss (with no leaking) with the Sienna (extrapolating from mileage & distance down teh dipstick, very roughly 1 quart per 6000 miles). I don't know if this is due to my move to 5w20 or not. But I'll be checking it every month or two from here on out, until it either goes away from a thicker oil or until I know that the loss is very predictable.


2005 Toyota Sienna LE; 163,000 miles
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 118,000 miles
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065195 04/05/19 12:08 PM
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used to do it every time i got gas but after the oil level was never low, i just check it once a month or so. even with high mileage, age, and my driving style, none of my vehicles really use oil.

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2010 Ford Escape 2.5 ~101K Miles: Castrol Magnatec 5W-20, Wix Filter.
2001 Chevy Suburban 5.3 ~283K Miles: Unknown Oil, Filter.
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065196 04/05/19 12:08 PM
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Every 1,500 miles or so. Usually when I need to add washer fluid.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065197 04/05/19 12:10 PM
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When I first get a used vehicle I check it once a week for a few weeks and when I see for sure it's not using any oil then I go monthly and then less if it still isn't using any. During the winter I check my 89 Sierra every couple weeks so I know how bad it reeks of gas.

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89 GMC Sierra Advanced 5w30/51036 Wix
08 Lucerne CX Advanced 5w30/1040 Gold
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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065199 04/05/19 12:10 PM
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Every Sunday ... Check oil, tire pressure, top up washer fluid. Make sure everything is good to go for the week ahead ...

And, I have caught a couple of small issues before they were bigger problems. One leaking oil filter, and probably 3 or 4 tires with slow leaks from a screw /nail.


2011 SUBARU Impreza 5-door manual / 2016 HONDA Pilot / 2011 MAZDA 2 auto
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065200 04/05/19 12:11 PM
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Couple times a month. Especially the weeks following an OCI and always just before leaving on a long road trip.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065201 04/05/19 12:12 PM
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Every time I start the car. [Linked Image]


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065206 04/05/19 12:17 PM
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Every fill-up and that is a couple times a week.


'18 Caravan - 45k KM - AMSOIL SS 0w20, Fram Ultra, TC-W3 500:1
'06 Santa Fe - 535k KM (Retired)

There is no such thing as "lifetime" fluids! mad
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065209 04/05/19 12:23 PM
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Each time I get gas.


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Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065214 04/05/19 12:28 PM
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Usually weekly.


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