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6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? #5407785 04/19/20 12:52 PM
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I keep checking prices on oils like I want to build up another stash but it seems a little OCD. I have fresh Castrol Edge 0w20 in my car and I only drive it up to 5k miles a year in East TN, USA. I'm thinking I'll just run the oil for the whole year until April 2021 instead of draining it this fall and throwing away oil that still has time and miles left on it. I tried to search this subject but so far was unable to get results. It seems as though I've asked about this here before.


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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407797 04/19/20 01:07 PM
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I have old UOA's with Delo SAE30 on my trail Jeep that were fine over 2-3 years - and that was probably a couple hundred miles of trail time (if that) and extended idle time.

My wife's SXL and daughter's 200 both have Edge 5W30 currently, and I'm running multiple oil life sessions in each and will probably change this Fall.


I think you're good for waiting until April 2021.


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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407804 04/19/20 01:14 PM
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Temperature and humidity cycles tend to produce condensation in engines. Perhaps running it warm and draining 1 quart then refill?

Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407812 04/19/20 01:25 PM
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Where does 1 quart come from? What benefit would that offer in a 25K mile rated oil in a 5K mile application?


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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407832 04/19/20 01:45 PM
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mr_luke, what you propose is what i did in a 2004 toyota corolla and in a 2006 toyota highlander, both used base models: mobil one 10w30 for an annual oci, never put more than suburban 10k miles on either, both ran like a charm. sold the corolla when my elderly mom could no longer drive the highlander, which then passed to my sister, who happily does same oci.


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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Zaedock] #5407833 04/19/20 01:45 PM
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Oil is lighter than water.

Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407838 04/19/20 01:53 PM
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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407840 04/19/20 01:55 PM
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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: deoxy4] #5407887 04/19/20 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by deoxy4


MEGUIAR'S 3 IN 1 WAX?

How does that relate to my post?

The second reply you posted does.


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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407898 04/19/20 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr_Luke
I'm thinking I'll just run the oil for the whole year until April 2021 instead of draining it this fall and throwing away oil that still has time and miles left on it.

If that's what you want to do, do that. It will be perfectly fine. You'll never get a straight answer for any question. People will come up with all sorts of "what if" scenarios, "I heard" stories, and FUD. It's crazy to suggest that a full synthetic oil needs change every 6 months and/or 2500k miles no matter the driving conditions, climate, and so on.

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Originally Posted by hallstevenson

If that's what you want to do, do that. It will be perfectly fine. You'll never get a straight answer for any question. People will come up with all sorts of "what if" scenarios, "I heard" stories, and FUD. It's crazy to suggest that a full synthetic oil needs change every 6 months and/or 2500k miles no matter the driving conditions, climate, and so on.


I agree. Sometimes I make unnecessary work for myself, as well as extra cost.
I should stop obsessing over the prices of oils. I currently have enough Castrol Edge to last me until April 2023.
I'm 3 years away from needing to buy any more oil. smile


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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407922 04/19/20 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr_Luke
Originally Posted by deoxy4


MEGUIAR'S 3 IN 1 WAX?

How does that relate to my post?

The second reply you posted does.


Posted in error. Sorry.

Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5407993 04/19/20 04:42 PM
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I change oil once a year. The 4Runner averages 5-6k miles a year. The Ranger about half that and the F150 about half that of the Ranger (go to the "dump truck"). I haven't changed the B2500 since 2016 (about 200 miles). I'm going to go 2 years on the F150 and possibly the Ranger. All with synthetics I'm not worried but they all get to temp when operated.
5k miles/1 year on your vehicle is no sweat with synthetic oil.


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Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5408010 04/19/20 05:03 PM
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I'm a 2x year oci guy.. that will cover anyone doing 5, 7500, 10 & 15k driving. Regardless of 5k I would still change out 2x year. Cheap insurance

Re: 6 or 12 Month OCI Castrol Edge <5k Miles? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5408084 04/19/20 06:35 PM
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You are good for an entire year. No need to throw away good oil in 6 months.

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