Oil Change?

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Old 09-12-05, 09:37 AM
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Question Oil Change?

I have second car that is hardly driven. I changed the oil last year (September 04) and have only driven it 1600 miles since then. Should I change the oil based on mileage accumulated, or on the age of the oil in the crankcase? The oil that I see on the dipstick still looks fresh and clean. If I change oil based on mileage accumulated, I won't need to change the oil for about two more years. I was wondering if oil in the crankcase begins to deteriorate over time and should be changed regardless of low mileage on it.

Thanks to everyone in advance for comments, opinions, advice.

(It's a 1994, 4cyl, Toyota Tercel, 36,000 mi.)
 
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Old 09-12-05, 09:58 AM
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I would definetly change the oil. The 'experts' recomend changing oil every 3000 mile or 3 months which ever comes first. I also have a vehichle that is rarely driven and even though I know I should change it more often I always change it atleast once a year.
 
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Old 09-12-05, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by marksr
I would definetly change the oil.
Me too
In a case like this you would go by the time period
 
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It depends....

The time interval is recommended with the assumption that the person drives short trips. Short trips can be hard on the oil before the 3000 mile mark because it doesn't have time to burn off any accumulated blowby and moisture.

I rarely reach 3K in 3 months, plus my mileage is spread over a number of cars.... but my driving includes long enough trips to burn off the moisture. Sometimes a car may sit for months at a time without being driven. Often, my oil is in the engine for 12 months.

Notsohandy says the car is hardly driven. I assume that means there are many days where the car is not driven, as opposed to driving it just a bit each day. Given what I said above, it is possible to extend the oil change interval beyond 3 months.
 
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Originally Posted by Kestas
it is possible to extend the oil change interval beyond 3 months.
I agree but wouldn't go over 1 year if it is driven more than a few times
 
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Old 09-12-05, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Kestas
... it is possible to extend the oil change interval beyond 3 months.
Originally Posted by marksr
I agree but wouldn't go over 1 year if it is driven more than a few times
I would agree with both statements
 
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I think I would compromise and err on the side of caution - every 6 months.
 
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