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Old 04-13-2019, 05:10 PM   #1
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Only 1,300 miles in 12 months, change the oil?

We only drove 1,300 miles in the past 12 months and expect to do the same in the coming 12 months. Only a 600 mile round trip to Yosemite and 350 mile round trip to Morro Bay, the rest were 140 mile round trips to the beach. Nothing longer than the 140 mile round trips for the coming 5 months. I'm using Motorcraft 5-40w syn blend. I don't want to get into a discuss of oil, just does anyone think I can hold off a few months or do it now. I'm in SoCal and mild climate.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:18 PM   #2
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Every 12 months regardless of miles is cheap insurance. Your biggest issue with time vs miles is condensation.
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:11 PM   #3
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Every 12 months regardless of miles is cheap insurance. Your biggest issue with time vs miles is condensation.
Thanks, thatís what I thought.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:09 AM   #4
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I sometimes stretch it to 18 months on our lower mileage use vehicles, but they are stored inside in a heated garage.
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If you used full synthetic, you could stretch it IMO.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:21 PM   #6
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Go to full synthetic. You can go much longer than a year.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:53 PM   #7
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With that usage you would be wise to just get an oil sample test done, no point in throwing away good oil. Condensation doesnít occur unless there is a temperature change between the inside and outside of the oil pan. Just sitting unused will not cause that to occur.
It is always recommend by oil companies for a steady diet of money.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:45 PM   #8
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If you are able to afford it, change the oil!

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Old 04-15-2019, 04:19 PM   #9
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I recommend full synthetic as well - it's not a lot more cost but it sure is a better lubricant and is more immune to moisture.

My $0.02 - If your unit has an oil maintenance reminder, don't change it until the monitor tells you too. Otherwise, it's just a waste of time and money. At 62 years old, I've never seen nor heard of an engine failure if the oil was not changed at some arbitrary mark such yearly or at 3K. As aircommuter so well stated, "It is always recommend by oil companies for a steady diet of money".
Do check your chassis owners manual for it's recommendataions, however.


Even on Dino, I've never changed mine on a time-basis. The 2004 Malibu spec'd Dino, and I regularly ran 7.5K on the change. I've changed the oil on our 2016 Sunseeker once; it has a lot of miles left on the last change, and won't be touched until the oil minder tells me it's time.

That all said, check it frequently, especially when you first acquire the unit. Running out of oil is waaaay worse than letting it go 5K to 10K miles....
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:47 PM   #10
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I would not change the oil with that few miles on it. Let me give you an example about condensation. I live in Southwest Louisiana, 30 miles inland from the gulf, humidity here is terrible. I installed a 60 gal. aluminum diesel fuel tank in the bed of my tow vehicle. Everyone said that I would get condensation and water in the tank and fuel. I have never had either, when I change the fuel filter on the truck, I always check the condensation bowl at bottom of fuel filter, never had any water in it. Your not going to get water in your oil from condensation and your oil is not going to go bad from just sitting there unused. The shelf life on 5W40 or 15W40 is five years. Hope this info helps with your decision.
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