Originally Posted by AnotherSilverTaco
I have 88K on my 2006 double cab offroad 4x4. I have never really checked the oil since I bought it. I do oil changes every 3-6k with Castrol full synthetic. It is due for an oil change with about 4k since the last change, so I thought I would check the dipstick. Sure enough it is still well between the marks.
My question is how long can I push it before I need to get religious about checking the oil?
Any of you higher mileage guys have a clue?
What are your thoughts?
I check it every other fuel stop on everything I drive. It's been many years since I've had anything that actually required me to add oil. I just think it's good practice.
My experience has been that if someone lets an oil change go much past 5K, there will be a noticeable amount of oil burned. We lost an engine in a truck at work because the driver never checked the oil, and let the change go to 10K miles. Apparently it burned about a gallon over the 10K miles.
6K dollars later we have the original engine (only 70K on it total) rebuilt. It's now burning a quart every 1K miles.
The driver really, really wishes he checked the oil, and he's very thankful to still be employed.
Like others have said, it just takes a couple of minutes. For me I have to know, that's all there is to it.
I did have a head gasket fail once on a different truck. The first sign was burning coolant. Had I checked the fluids on a regular basis, my first clue would have been a low coolant level in the overflow tank. As it was, my first clue was a steaming truck on the side of the road. That's when I started checking fluids regularly.