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How often do you check your oil level? #5065168
04/05/19 12:56 PM
04/05/19 12:56 PM
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Michigan
ZZman Offline OP
ZZman  Offline OP

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Michigan
Daily
Every few days
Weekly
Every couple weeks
Monthly
Every few months
Before a big trip
Never

I probably check about Monthly.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis.
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe AWD.
2005 Toyota Avalon XLS
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT.
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065176
04/05/19 12:59 PM
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CO
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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 oil viscosity.

Using AMSOIL

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 149k, SS5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 55k, SS 5w20/Amsoil

Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065178
04/05/19 01:00 PM
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NE Florida
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NE Florida
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, 11,100mi, PPPP 5w30 w/ FU
'19 Elantra, 2.0L, 700mi, FF/Filter, hers (lease)
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065182
04/05/19 01:01 PM
04/05/19 01:01 PM
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NH
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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, 187k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 152k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 208k, his
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065185
04/05/19 01:03 PM
04/05/19 01:03 PM
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Idaho
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Idaho
The oil light tells me I need oil.


2015 F150 2.7
2018 F350 6.2
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065189
04/05/19 01:06 PM
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CA, USA
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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 01:08 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.

Last edited by dogememe; 04/05/19 01:09 PM.

2010 Ford Escape 2.5 ~96K Miles
Valvoline 5W-20 from Valvoline Instant Oil Change.
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065196
04/05/19 01:08 PM
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NY
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NY
Every 1,500 miles or so. Usually when I need to add washer fluid.


God Bless Our Troops

Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065197
04/05/19 01:10 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.

Last edited by Duffyjr; 04/05/19 01:11 PM.

89 GMC Sierra VR1 10w30/1036 Gold
08 Lucerne CX Advanced 5w30/1040 Gold
02 DeVille VWB 5w30/CQ Blue
18 Toro Super Recycler T5 10w30
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065199
04/05/19 01:10 PM
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Western Canada
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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 01:11 PM
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Wet side WA
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Couple times a month. Especially the weeks following an OCI and always just before leaving on a long road trip.


2004 Corolla 134004
Out: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 7156 Miles
In: Havoline Pro DS 10w-30 Purolator PureOne 3-14-19 129693
2006 Duramax 75175
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73705 4-22-18
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065201
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North Carolina
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Every time I start the car. [Linked Image]


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065206
04/05/19 01:17 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
Every fill-up and that is a couple times a week.


'18 Caravan - 36k 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 01:23 PM
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Texas
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Texas
Each time I get gas.


2016 Honda Pilot EX-L with NAVI.....Mobil 1 0w20 AFE and Honda OEM Filter
Re: How often do you check your oil level? [Re: ZZman] #5065214
04/05/19 01:28 PM
04/05/19 01:28 PM
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Bad Axe, MI
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Usually weekly.


"Always"....Mobil 1

Current fill: AFE 0w30
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