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why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? #5354074 02/19/20 12:15 AM
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No crazy cold or hot temps here in the Bay area so I'm curious why after 3k miles it's at 9% and telling me to change it.

I'm obviously not going to change it for a while I just want to know why the car thinks it needs to be changed.

My commute to my main job is 5 miles but I do a lot of other driving. Often long highway trips at high speed (lots of time with my foot in the floor of this underpowered turd) but I don't see why that would translate to such ridiculous OCIs.

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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354082 02/19/20 12:24 AM
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A lot people think the olm is generous with how long it says your oil is good for. With that being said i dont have experience with a car that has one but if it says 9% I'd probably change it and if it worries you get a uoa.


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354088 02/19/20 12:40 AM
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Do you do a lot of idling? Like siting in the parking lot of fast food places and what not?

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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354131 02/19/20 03:38 AM
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U let it get to 9 pct? I imagine most of us would panicking at that point haha

Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354146 02/19/20 05:30 AM
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High RPM/load it took into account most likely. Since we moved and I have been doing more higher speed highway driving mine also goes down faster than it did before. Usually I’d be at 60-70% by now, it’s currently at 50%.


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: Skippy722] #5354192 02/19/20 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Skippy722
High RPM/load it took into account most likely. Since we moved and I have been doing more higher speed highway driving mine also goes down faster than it did before. Usually I’d be at 60-70% by now, it’s currently at 50%.

Strange, you'd think that fully warmed up high load would still be easier than short trips. That's why I'm confused.


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: Chesterr] #5354193 02/19/20 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Chesterr
U let it get to 9 pct? I imagine most of us would panicking at that point haha

It's going to 0% before I change it. And even then I'm in no hurry.


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354208 02/19/20 08:12 AM
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My Ford truck has a 6 month calendar in addition to the mile counter. It's 10,000 miles or 6 months, which ever comes first.

I change the oil on the 5's. 5000, 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 etc. Really easy to remember, seems to work out very well, as the last truck made 360,000 miles before the transmission went out and it was given away.

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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354247 02/19/20 09:16 AM
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That sure seems fast to me as well
My wifes Camry has 10K mile intervals on synthetic
It has Castrol Magnatec in it now
It will not see new oil for at least 8k miles


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354251 02/19/20 09:22 AM
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I the highway driving done while the engine is still cold? Is your house 1 block from the freeway on ramp?


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354310 02/19/20 10:24 AM
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Was it properly reset at the last oil change? What are the usual miles between oil changes and when the OLM goes down to 5% or so?


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354324 02/19/20 10:41 AM
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My Sierra has had really quick OLM readings after towing the boat in the summer months. Short trips without getting the engine temps up also creates shorter OLM readings on this truck as well.

Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354326 02/19/20 10:41 AM
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Mine has gone to needing an OCI in well under 2K miles, properly reset, driving conditions exactly the same. I've ignored it since day one. Having said that maybe yours is working properly and conditions warranted a shorter OCI. A UOA would shed light on just how accurate/inaccurate your system is. All we can do here is guess at reasons why.


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Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354361 02/19/20 11:06 AM
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How long has it been in time ? Many Fords (cars ?) will dictate a 12-month oil change regardless of mileage. So over time if your mileage isn't keeping up (~10k miles typically) vs time, the monitor will start adjusting or dropping in percentage quicker.

Re: why did my Ford iolm go to 9% after 3k miles? [Re: dogememe] #5354365 02/19/20 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by dogememe
I'm obviously not going to change it for a while I just want to know why the car thinks it needs to be changed.


Assuming that it was properly reset at the last oil change, I would change it. Your car might be telling you something. That perhaps it had a lot of cold starts, lots of idle time, perhaps the car thinks their is a lot of fuel dilution or some other reason to change.

Piece of mind says change it for $20, reset the oil life monitor, and then watch what the car does from then on out.

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