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Old 10-12-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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Synthetic Oil vs. Standard Motor Oil

Guys need help making a decision on changing from Standard motor oil to Synthetic oil.
I know there have been other threads on the issue of Synthetic vs. Standard motor oil but hereís my dilemma.

My 03 Taco (3.4L) has 41,200 miles on it. So the maintenance schedule I follow is time over mileage. Iím old school as I do oil changes every three months or 3000 miles which ever comes first.

I also know the benefits of synthetic oil but not sure if I should do the switch due to the cost, because of the fact that I change it so often. Should I wait until I get more mileage on the truck before switching to Synthetic?
Would be getting the Mobil 1 if I switch.

What do you guys think..
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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stick with conventional if your doing it every 3k and at 42k miles
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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not another thread about this
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
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Yo TRDKenE, No need to reply to this post if you don't have any input on the subject. Just click the X and go to the next Thread.
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
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better yet go get an oil sample and make an educated decision off that. if the oil comes back with a bad reading throw an oil change of synthetic in and then test and see wha that comes back as
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Yo TRDKenE, No need to reply to this post if you don't have any input on the subject. Just click the X and go to the next Thread.
You could just click search...
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not another thread about this
What he means to say is do a quick search for this there are some increadible threads in here about this.

This website is packed full of info but not full of paticence when it comes to asking questions, to where there is more threads than you can shake a stick at.
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Guys need help making a decision on changing from Standard motor oil to Synthetic oil.
I know there have been other threads on the issue of Synthetic vs. Standard motor oil but here’s my dilemma.

My 03 Taco (3.4L) has 41,200 miles on it. So the maintenance schedule I follow is time over mileage. I’m old school as I do oil changes every three months or 3000 miles which ever comes first.

I also know the benefits of synthetic oil but not sure if I should do the switch due to the cost, because of the fact that I change it so often. Should I wait until I get more mileage on the truck before switching to Synthetic?
Would be getting the Mobil 1 if I switch.

What do you guys think..
I switched to synthetic specifically because of the time factor. The stabilizers in them last for a much longer time then the conventionals. Since I only drive around 3k a year I only do an annual oil change. You could have oil acidity problems trying that with a conventional.

If your going to change it on your current schedule regardless, then I'd stick with an organic oil because of the cost difference. Also, on that schedule your not going to have a problem with oil breakdown. Regardless of what oil type you use.


Oh, and...

I've just been waiting for an excuse to post that.
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Synthetic at any mileage is the better choice for many reasons. First off, it breaks down less than conventional oil. It has better tolerances and doesn't leave half as much gunk in your engine as synthetic. Syn. will give you better mileage as it lubricates better as well. Why anybody would want to run conventional in our trucks is beyond me IMO.
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If I were considering changing from conventional to synthetic (which I already use) I'd check out www.bobistheoilguy.com. There is tons of information on that site about automotive fluids and lubricants.
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Synthetic at any mileage is the better choice for many reasons. First off, it breaks down less than conventional oil. It has better tolerances and doesn't leave half as much gunk in your engine as synthetic. Syn. will give you better mileage as it lubricates better as well. Why anybody would want to run conventional in our trucks is beyond me IMO.
You kinda condradicted yourself about halfway down...
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Synthetic at any mileage is the better choice for many reasons. First off, it breaks down less than conventional oil. It has better tolerances and doesn't leave half as much gunk in your engine as conventional oil. Syn. will give you better mileage as it lubricates better as well. Why anybody would want to run conventional in our trucks is beyond me IMO.
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