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Chevy Volt, change now or later? #5429385 05/14/20 07:17 PM
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Currently at 67% OLM, last changed in October. Color is dark (i know i know).

However I have a family issue to take care of 700 miles away, so roadtrip tomorrow. Planning 1600 miles total roadtrip. Should I change it now or later? Its a tradition of mine to change it just before a roadtrip, however I may break it this time.

Also the engine is scarcely run. Fires up maybe 3 times a month. Typically burns a tank per month. In other words it may have moisture.


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429395 05/14/20 07:31 PM
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Spill and fill. Cheap and easy.


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429399 05/14/20 07:37 PM
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Leave it alone, the possible moisture will burn off. Don't waste it.


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429424 05/14/20 08:12 PM
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do it after you get back. win-win.

Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429425 05/14/20 08:12 PM
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Later


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429432 05/14/20 08:20 PM
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A long highway cruise will be good for the gasoline engine and will be good for the oil.

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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429461 05/14/20 09:14 PM
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Contrary mind here. Before a long trip and with some color I`d change it out and not have any worries.


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429465 05/14/20 09:21 PM
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After. They are easy on oil as they never truly idle. The lowest they run at is over 1000 rpm so the oil in those things get hot and don’t have many of the issues appreciated with idling.

Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429475 05/14/20 09:32 PM
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Leave it. I run my Volt to the full OLM change, and the oil looks perfect. In fact, I've only changed it once in 16k miles, and I used an original ACD filter and Amsoil OE 5w30. That combo will be in there until the next OC, whenever that is. I use about as much fuel as you, a tank a month depending on how many cabin trips I take.

Side note: how do you like your Volt? I absolutely love mine, honestly one of the best cars I've ever had.

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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429518 05/14/20 10:47 PM
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I never change before a trip. If something goes south then you are on the road. Drive your trip and change after you rest. Have seen some with minds on trip and forget something (stuck oil filter gasket) only to realize on the road.


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429535 05/14/20 11:22 PM
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Later works better....


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429550 05/14/20 11:50 PM
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The combustion engine on a Volt is the last thing to worry about. i think they could make it through an entire lifespan with only a few oil changes.


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429558 05/15/20 12:07 AM
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I’d say there is already “nanny” percentage loss in the OLM for short trips, time, etc … the OLM will enjoy a road trip too!
(with that same oil).

Dark oil that appears shiny and thin … well, just dark oil from ICE …
Dark, dull, thick … that’s different …

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I would hold off - the OLM algorithm GM uses is supposed to be very good and if your Volt's manual reads like my Cobalt's, the recommendation to change oil is when the OLM indicates the need or 1 year, whichever occurs first.

I would check the oil during the trip to top off if any disappears due to moisture burning off.


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Re: Chevy Volt, change now or later? [Re: 79sunrunner] #5429717 05/15/20 08:48 AM
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So, the advice is:

1. Change it
2. Don't change it.


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