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JT

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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2009 12:01:01 AM

How do you determine when to change your oil?
The owner's manual
The on-board computer
The sticker from previous service
When I think it needs it
Reminder in the mail (or e-mail, etc.)
I mark my calendar or planner
Someone else takes care of it
Oil change, what's that?

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achung53
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:29:26 AM

The owner's manual
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2011 12:30:18 PM

every 3000 m.
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MOSQUITOKNEES
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2011 1:05:44 AM

When the oil light comes on
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sexyreddGA
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2011 6:58:57 PM

every 3000 miles or 3 months which ever comes first... also my truck will let me know when its time
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googlee
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2011 11:39:02 AM

The owner's manual
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bja0030
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2011 4:13:41 PM

EVERY 3000 M.OR LESS
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JediKnight
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 12:37:12 AM

Grandma's car is in for service on Wednesday. Her vehicle's official interval is 12 months or when ever the OLM goes off.

In reality she get it serviced every 3,000 miles. Which for her would have been about 8-9 months. But we've been running it a bit longer the last month and a half. So I'd say 4-5,000 miles? It also seems to be burning some oil so for her. Changing it after 9 months and getting it checked out/serviced for a Bad Wheel Bearing(s) before Winter begins is a good idea.

My vehicle is 6 months /6,000 miles (with an OLM which tends to go off around 8,000 miles)... I usually tend to try and get it serviced 3 times a year. Just so, like my Grandma's car, I tend to stay on top of issues before they become big problems.
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Boorus
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2011 1:02:05 AM

on-board computer, 5,000 miles
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green_lantern
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2011 10:14:01 PM

Reminder from dealer.
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bja0030
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2011 2:39:54 PM

3000 m.
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HuoXingC
All-Star Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2011 5:44:58 PM

The sticker from previous service. I trust my mechanic.
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HardeepWA
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2011 4:22:38 AM

The sticker from previous service.
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gator2002
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2011 8:37:34 PM

I change it every 5000KM.
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DB2008
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2011 5:44:16 PM

The vehicle keeps track of driving conditions add calculates when it's needed.
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LXH18
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2011 1:37:53 AM

The owner's manual.
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sheba2011
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Message Posted: May 1, 2011 7:25:55 PM

I change mine every 3,000 miles
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DB2008
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2011 9:12:01 AM

on board computer (5000-7500 miles)
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ZL1
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2011 1:30:59 AM

Around 5,000 miles.
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2011 9:12:43 PM

When I think it needs it.
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g747
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2011 1:44:51 AM

Every 3K or 3 Months,driving conditions;last whichever comes first!!!!!!!!.
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rvd09
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2010 9:55:30 PM

theres a sticker that tells me
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janmj
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2010 11:13:49 AM

mileage
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66mustangfb
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2010 1:11:47 AM

Change it! I thought you just added to it!
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66mustangfb
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2010 1:10:50 AM

When that little red light comes on.
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g747
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2010 4:23:26 PM

When my oil turns black,or i've reached 3,000 miles,or 3 months;which i never make,because of my car being used by 2 people.
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nick1391
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2010 3:29:13 PM

4,000 miles
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bja0030
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2010 11:24:33 AM

by mileage
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bareilly
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2010 10:54:03 AM

record my milage
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SAVEITIL
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2010 9:34:07 AM

The sticker from previous service
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g747
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2010 9:54:20 AM

Miles or time;which ever comes first.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2010 7:19:15 PM

2500 MILES OR 6 MO'S
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nyuknyuk49
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Message Posted: May 6, 2010 6:54:10 AM

owners manual
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cfox13
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Message Posted: May 6, 2010 6:48:16 AM

Every 5000 miles (approx 2-3 months). Bought lifetime lube, oil (synthetic blend) and filter for $99 when I bought the car. Right now, that's about $6.50 per change.
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bja0030
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2010 11:12:26 PM

3000 miles
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2010 2:09:28 PM

every 2500 mile or 6 months what ever comes first.
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2010 5:32:25 AM

I change it every 2500 miles.
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phawgare
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2009 10:47:50 PM

wHEN THE RED OIL LIGHT LITES UP i KNOW IT'S TIME IS THAT BAD?????????????
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2009 11:28:32 AM

EVERY 3000 MILES
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TAT36
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2009 3:19:14 PM

Sticker from previous service. Change between 3,000 7,500 miles or twice a year depending if most driving is around town or highway.
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john382
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2009 10:56:19 PM

The on-board computer
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saturn96
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2009 4:12:57 PM

every 3,000 mi. according to the owners manual
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saturn96
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2009 9:36:55 AM

every 3,000 mi. according to owners manual
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saturn96
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2009 9:35:52 AM

every 3,000 mi. according to owners manual
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saturn96
All-Star Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2009 2:30:34 PM

every 3,000 mi. acording to the owners manual.
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john382
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2009 1:09:03 AM

The on-board computer
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2009 8:52:28 AM

MY LOG BOOK, EVERY 3000 MILES
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MnSwede
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2009 4:33:10 PM

sticker from previous service
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sunnyIN
Sophomore Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2009 9:35:25 AM

A combination of my car's on-board computer as well as my previous service's sticker recommendation
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nyuknyuk49
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2009 5:47:32 AM

owner's manual
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Dunkerella
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2009 5:44:32 AM

Change Oil?
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