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How Often Do You Check Your Oil? #5445991 06/04/20 10:04 AM
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How often do you check your oil? I know it will be different if you have a car that uses oil versus one that doesn't.

Since I do mostly 3K OCI's, I don't check the oil in those cars. The one I do 5K, I check it every couple of months.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5445992 06/04/20 10:05 AM
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Every couple of months for me.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446005 06/04/20 10:16 AM
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Once a month or so on the ones that don't use oil. The one that does I do once a week or every other. It needs oil about once a month, give or take.


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2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 160k
2003 CRV, 2.4L/4AT, 161k
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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446011 06/04/20 10:21 AM
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On newer vehicles NEVER and older ones every 3k


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446015 06/04/20 10:26 AM
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I pop the hood on my vehicles once a week for a little going over. My work truck gets a Pretrip everyday.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446020 06/04/20 10:28 AM
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Every couple weeks. My 76 350 Olds, 83 Chevy 305, and 05 4.8 Silverado all use about a qt every 2-3k miles. I usually check it like 5 times before I actually have to add half a qt.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446022 06/04/20 10:30 AM
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Every fill up. Old habit from teenage years even though I never need to add.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446029 06/04/20 10:33 AM
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On my oil-burning '02 Camry (295K miles) every 500 miles (it uses 1qt. every 1000-1200 miles), and the same on my '95 Dakota (238K miles), depending on whether it's been hauling at highway speeds. My other two non-oil-burners get checked once or twice between 5K changes.

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Once or twice during an OCI (6+ months). Really just depends on my vehicle, though. My ZJ had a leak at the adapter, so I checked the oil level once a month. My current cars now, no leaks/no burning, so I only check once or twice between intervals.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446045 06/04/20 10:44 AM
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My truck uses oil, sometimes quite a bit of it, so I usually check that every time I drive. I stopped putting TCW3 in the gas (ran out, forget to buy more) so it's back up to about 1 quart every 200 when towing (yes, there is a cloud of blue smoke trailing me). My Jeep I check every time I use it, usually once a month.

The Subaru has a low oil level light so I don't check it as often. With the exception it used 1/2 quart over 6K miles on M1 AFE 0w30, it's never used any oil. So I don't worry too bad.

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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446046 06/04/20 10:45 AM
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Usually every month or two, and most often when cleaning windows/prepping car for a longer trip. If it's a long road trip I might check it at a gas station, but none of our vehicles needs makeup oil.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446060 06/04/20 11:13 AM
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Probably once a month or when the mood strikes me for all cars/truck.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446068 06/04/20 11:23 AM
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Usually once a month check of the oil during a random fuel fill-up. It is easiest at the gas station because they have paper towels right there and the ground is level.


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Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: Gebo] #5446071 06/04/20 11:28 AM
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Usually only before 6000 mile oil change. 2013 Fiesta 50,000 + miles. Never seems to go down on the stick. I do check before a long trip. Might even change oil before 6000 mile schedule if the trip will put me much past 6000 miles OCI.

Re: How Often Do You Check Your Oil? [Re: ryster] #5446073 06/04/20 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by ryster
Usually once a month check of the oil during a random fuel fill-up. It is easiest at the gas station because they have paper towels right there and the ground is level.

I either do it on the weekend, like first thing Saturday morning, or at lunch time, while at work (just take a lazy stroll out to the parking lot). The oil has all drained down and all I have to do is pull the dipstick.


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 206k
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1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 225k
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