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Old 02-12-2009, 01:33 PM
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Oil Change Intervals

I am taking a look in my owners manual and I see that it says the oil should be changed every 7,500 miles or 12 months. I have never heard of changing oil at that many miles unless it is synthetic. I change my oil every 3,000 miles, as is normal. I guess my question is, is it safe to change your oil at these intervals?

P.S. - It also says to change the oil every 15,000 miles. Sounds strange to me.
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A 3000 mile oil change was normal in 1960. You are way out of touch with current oil standards and engines. What Dad told you then is not true now. A safe bet with normal petrol oil (not synthetic) is 5000 miles. The same goes for the filter. Many have gone twice that mileage (with the same filter) with no ill effects. It is not unusual for some synthetics to go 25K (with the same filter) and produce a stellar used oil analysis.
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lol. im changing oil evrey 3 k using mobile 1 full synthetic...I guess my cars engine is verry happy
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I use the MM which is programmed for regular oil, I just use synth. I think this pretty conservative. I like synth cause it saves waste oil, and saves me time. Win Win.

It also depends how you drive, Would I do 3.5k intervals for regular oil all city sure, I would easily do 4.5-5 mostly highway, which is where the MM helps.
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lol. im changing oil evrey 3 k using mobile 1 full synthetic...I guess my cars engine is verry happy

Only the company that you buy your oil from is very happy. You are wasting extreme amounts of money, oil, and effort so......they couldn't be happier! Your engine could not care less. It must be nice to have that much money to piss it off and actually think you are doing your car good. You are a riot!!!!!!!!!
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I use the MM which is programmed for regular oil, I just use synth. I think this pretty conservative. I like synth cause it saves waste oil, and saves me time. Win Win.

It also depends how you drive, Would I do 3.5k intervals for regular oil all city sure, I would easily do 4.5-5 mostly highway, which is where the MM helps.
Incredibly sensible.
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If you're changing your oil every 3k with Mobil 1 you're wasting that oil.

A good quality conventional oil is capable of somewhat extended service.

That's why Honda, GM and many others are using oil life monitors calibrated to whatever oil they specify. Most GM (except 4718M spec) oil monitors are calibrated for regular oil as are Honda (except the HTO-06 spec in the RDX).

I know that most GM, under the right circumstances will run up to 11k on regular oil.

As a rule of thumb if you're not comfortable with long OCI, if you're on the highway a lot 6k to 7500 isn't bad. Lots of city driving, 3 to 5k.
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Wow, I must have been really out of touch with the times! So a mix of city/highway and I should be able to run the oil about 5K? That sounds good to me!
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Only the company that you buy your oil from is very happy. You are wasting extreme amounts of money, oil, and effort so......they couldn't be happier! Your engine could not care less. It must be nice to have that much money to piss it off and actually think you are doing your car good. You are a riot!!!!!!!!!
Riot friend, seems to be you are fery smart.... well you shuod tell those people who works in shop, tu write more milage on the stiker, which they put on the car winshield after you replace oil for the next oil change.... i just followd them was doing the same... riot
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I use the MM which is programmed for regular oil, I just use synth. I think this pretty conservative. I like synth cause it saves waste oil, and saves me time. Win Win.

It also depends how you drive, Would I do 3.5k intervals for regular oil all city sure, I would easily do 4.5-5 mostly highway, which is where the MM helps.
What is "the MM"?
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i run valvoline full synthetic oil in my car and i change it around 5K miles. I really would like to change my oil every 3K miles, but it is kind of expensive.
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What is "the MM"?
Maintenance Minder, it is a feature that the newer Accords have that tells you what your oil life is and what maintenance services your car needs.
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I used, whatever full-synthetic 5W-20, is the cheapest, and I change it every 7,500-8,500 mile or so. I change the filter at the same time. I'd go to 10,000 or so, if I had the time to get the oil tested, to make sure it was still OK...

When I was using std oil, I was going to 5,000-6,000 mile, and I replaced the filter each time...
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R Texas F's suggestions are appropriate. We had an 02 Accord V6, did used oil analyses, found that we could go about 6500 miles with Pennzoil dino 5W20, adding Lube Control to reduce oxidation and counter fuel dilution, doing 75% highway driving. Tests showed that we could go farther using Pennzoil Platinum, into the 7-7500 mile range.

I would suggest that anyone thinking about going more than 7500 miles on an oil change interval do a used oil analysis to see what's going on. Running longer intervals, the essential additives are depleted as is the oil's acid fighting ability. You need to know when it's time to change based on your driving habits.
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The thing you really need to remember is that while the 6th gen Accord may have a 7500 oil change interval, we are driving cars that are going (if not already) to develop leaks with age and what not. Some of the four cylinders are also burning massive amounts of oil.

5k is ok, I have only one very minor oil leak and I have to add about 1/3 a qt every 1,000 miles. My car burns a little bit due to the constant high revs going down the freeway at 3000 RPMS for 120 miles everyday.

I have considered putting a synthetic in to see how the oil usage was affected but have not done so due to my fear of the oil causing more leaks. People have told me otherwise but I am still iffy. I may do a synthetic blend next cycle, then convert to Mobil1 and change it when the Maint Req light flashes or comes on solid. (6000-7500 miles).

Since I don't do my own work, the one thing I do like about 3-5k oil change intervals with dino is that I keep updated on my brake wear, tread wear, fluid levels, CV boots, hoses, and all the other things honda inspects with their $24.95 oil change.

One thing I have noticed is 2 of the 3 dealers that have changed my oil put 5k intervals on their tags now.
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