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Oil Change interval and type help

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Divingtigger, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Oct 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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    Divingtigger

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    Ok First let me state that I did a search but couldn't find any info that matched my situation.

    In the non winter months I use my truck once a week if that (I do a lot of biking and running). My truck is a 2007 and I just hit 50,000 KM's.

    In the summer we see +40 degrees C and the Winter we can see -40 degrees C.

    I use synthetic 5w30 in my truck. How often should I be changing it?
    Should I go by months or mileage?

    I found an old work report from the dealership (November report) and noticed that they were putting 5w20 in my truck. Should I be using 5w30 (which is written on the oil filler cap) or 5w20 (which is recommended in the manual)?

    Thanks
     
  2. Oct 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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    MQQSE

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    I use 5w20 synthetic.

    This is just my opinion, but under the usage you describe I'd stick with every 5K. If it were sitting a lot year round, I'd probably go with every 6 months.

    For some reason this sticks in my head: "Every 5K or 6 months, whichever comes first."

    But like I said, just my opinion. Everyone has one when it comes to oil, oil filters, and change intervals. FWIW
     
  3. Oct 12, 2013 at 5:52 AM
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    Divingtigger

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    5k miles or kilometers? Thanks for the input
     
  4. Oct 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM
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    :sorry: I missed your location. I'm going off miles, so that would translate to every 8K kilometers or 6 months. :cool:
     
  5. Oct 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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    Figured you meant miles but thought it doesn't hurt to ask for clarification. Thanks again
     
  6. Oct 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM
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    Spoonman

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    Oil cap says 5w30. That'll do fine. Change it 5000 km or 6 months. If you feel you need to change it sooner. Go right ahead. You probably idle a lot to warm it up in winter. Things like this shorten the interval.
     
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