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Old 08-20-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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Oil change--really? Already?

Indicator light came on this week on my 2012 Ram 1500 5.7l V8. I last changed it on July 11, 1980 miles ago, and I've only towed about 550 of those miles (roughly 25%).

I change my own oil, usually every 3-5k depending on how much towing I've been doing. The light coming on this soon seems a bit excessive to me. Would you ignore it for another 1k or go ahead and change it?

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Old 08-20-2016, 01:15 PM   #2
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The indicator is based on a number of factors, total miles in only one of them. Add in idle time, , towing time, and it can come on much earlier than expected.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:38 PM   #3
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The indicator is based on a number of factors, total miles in only one of them. Add in idle time, , towing time, and it can come on much earlier than expected.
Thanks, Donniedu. So, are you saying you'd go ahead and change it then?
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:42 PM   #4
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Did you reset your oil change indicator light the last time you changed the oil? It sound like you change your oil every x,000 miles. If so, the light may not have been on last oil change and is usually forgotten when it comes to resetting it.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:57 PM   #5
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Did you reset your oil change indicator light the last time you changed the oil? It sound like you change your oil every x,000 miles. If so, the light may not have been on last oil change and is usually forgotten when it comes to resetting it.
That's a good question. I don't remember if it was on in July and necessitated a reset.
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:14 PM   #6
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That's a good question. I don't remember if it was on in July and necessitated a reset.
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To be clear, it needed a reset whether it was on or not. If you didn't reset it at the last oil change, it has continued to accumulate miles.

Not sure if you meant that or not.


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To be clear, it needed a reset whether it was on or not. If you didn't reset it at the last oil change, it has continued to accumulate miles.

Not sure if you meant that or not.


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Yes, I see. I actually didn't know that, that it needed to be reset regardless of whether the light was on or not. I'll have to make sure I do that in the future.

Regardless, the more I think about it, the more I've convinced myself that the light was on in July and I had to reset it. I seem to remember doing some errands afterwards and telling myself for a day or two that I needed to reset it. Another reason I think the light wad on in July was because I had gone 5k miles before that oil change (big trip).

I just can't decide whether to go ahead and do it. The reason it's such a dilemma is because I could go hop in the truck right now, drive to Mountain View and catch a bluegrass concert tonight, or I could stay home and do the change and possibly take a chance on not being able to make it. Decisions, decisions...

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Old 08-20-2016, 02:26 PM   #8
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500 miles over is not going to kill anything as long as you are using the correct grade and a quality oil.
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:31 PM   #9
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That's a good point. I could always change it Sunday when I got back

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Old 08-20-2016, 04:38 PM   #10
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I have a 5.7L 07 charger. I keep her happy with 5k oil changes with full synthetic 5w-20 oil and a quality filter. I try to keep the HEMI happy. Happy HEMI = happy life.
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