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How many miles between oil changes??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rjreynolds, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Mar 23, 2010 at 7:51 PM
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    rjreynolds

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    I drive an 08 taco 2wd 4 cyl. I live in North FL, and drive approx 3k miles a month. I use it 6 days a week for work. I use Mobil One 5w-20 synthetic. I have been using a fram oil filter. Will switch to K & N next change. A friend says I should be able to go 15k-20k miles. I have been changing it every 5-6k miles. How many miles can I drive approx between oil changes?.
     
  2. Mar 23, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    Janster

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    5,000 miles is the recommendation in the owners manual.

    I use Mobile 1 and I change mine every 5,000 miles.

    Some folks will have their oil tested to see if the oil is still good enough to run for longer than 5,000 miles (I'm sure those folks will chime in).

    Personally, at 5,000 miles...the oil that comes out of my truck is really dark/dirty. I'm more than happy to spend the $$ and change it every 5,000 miles.
     
  3. Mar 23, 2010 at 8:41 PM
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    cbcs1987

    cbcs1987 Redneck from the hills

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    I change mine every 3 months or 3,000k...whichever comes first. I'd say I could wait longer, but thats just how I've always done it and always will.
     
  4. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM
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    nick11

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    I use mobil one oil and thier filter. This setup is supposed to go 12,00o miles, but I change mine every 6,000.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    08pretaco

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    i wouldnt be able to keep my oil in for 6k miles, i feel bad for the truck when i leave it a little over 5k
     
  6. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:29 PM
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    dee_bo

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    I bought my truck used...how do I know if it has synthetic or regular oil. After purchased I changed it with regular 5w-30 Valvoline
     
  7. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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    blackwatertaco

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    10k I use mobil 1 oil and filter.
     
  8. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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    eight3one_offroad

    eight3one_offroad Honey your two French Fries short of a Happy Meal.

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    I use Mobil 1 5W-30 my oil change light went off so its time for new oil...
     
  9. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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    Wolfman

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    My manual says 5k miles. I'll be going with that interval. I'll miss GM's oil life monitor that told you when it was time.
     
  10. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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    do you care what it has? it shouldnt matter if your running reg or synth when its time just put in whatever you want to :thumbsup:
     
  11. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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    ours tell us when its time too, its called the maintenance required light :)
     
  12. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    I use Pennzoil Platinum full-synthetic 5W-30 and change mine every 5K with the Toyota OEM filters.;) So far so good!!:D
     
  13. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM
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    i will not admit the interval cause i would get slack from everyone but quaker syn, and napa gold filters, changin the filter every 5k...
     
  14. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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    I use dino and change it out every 4 months (approximately 1,500 miles.) That's not much mileage, but I figure 3 times a year since dino is less expensive and the oil/filter is so easy to change.
     
  15. Mar 23, 2010 at 10:06 PM
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    DheadTaco

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    I usually change it with Mobil1 Oil and Oil Filter. Runs like a champ.
     
  16. Mar 23, 2010 at 11:48 PM
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    question so how does the light know when your oil is bad. I imagine its pre-programmed to go off the trucks mileage. which is factory set. saying that I found with the expertise of my company's oil analyst that most everyone changes their oil to often. The car makers do that to make money for the oil dudes in return for some under the table cash of some sort in some way or fashion. He took a sample of my normal valvoline oil after 5k and said according to his numbers the oil and its level of contaminants could easily go for another 5 to 7k. But will I do that, probably not because I have been conditioned to believe otherwise. Just a weird late night rant I suppose.
     
  17. Mar 23, 2010 at 11:52 PM
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    jdkeller

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    Regular oil every 5k here.
     
  18. Mar 23, 2010 at 11:56 PM
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    Whenever the oil turns dark brown. It's due now and will get done this weekend. 7000 miles since last minor service.
     
  19. Mar 23, 2010 at 11:58 PM
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    jdkeller How many words can be fit in this s

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    We can probably go 15k each oil change and I doubt something will happen. But ehh. Makes me feel good I'm taking care of my baby. :D
     
  20. Mar 24, 2010 at 12:03 AM
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    4x4 OFF-ROAD... that is all I need...
    That's 100% correct. Most engines now can even use oil that 10000 miles old and is black and viscous, but you'll see a dip in mpg and performance. My Coma's oil is dark brown now and it's gettin 2 mpg less than usual and struggles more than usual. I change it once it turns darker brown but not black mainly b/c the engine works harder.
     
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