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Synthetic Oil Change Intervals.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by veg hed, Aug 25, 2011.

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How long do you go between Synthetic Oil Changes?

Poll closed Sep 24, 2011.
  1. 3,000 on the dot.

    5 vote(s)
    3.4%
  2. 3,000 to 4,000

    20 vote(s)
    13.4%
  3. 4,000 to 5,000

    21 vote(s)
    14.1%
  4. 5,000 on the dot.

    48 vote(s)
    32.2%
  5. 5,000 to 7,500

    26 vote(s)
    17.4%
  6. 7,500 on the dot.

    3 vote(s)
    2.0%
  7. 7,500 to 10,000

    16 vote(s)
    10.7%
  8. 10,000 and beyond...

    10 vote(s)
    6.7%
  1. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:19 AM
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    veg hed

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    I know the "What type of oil do you use?" and the "Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil" topics have been beaten to death but I am interested in intervals between oil changes.

    I did a little bit of research on Oil Change Intervals and I was just wondering how long other people go between oil changes when using Mobile 1 or any other type of synthetic.

    I bought my truck with 21,500 miles on it and I have personally always used Mobile 1 with a Bosch filter and have been going 5,000 miles between changes just to be on the safe side. But from what I've read maybe you can go longer with synthetic.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  2. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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    I usually do 4,000 ish with Valvoline. It depends on how many miles have been spent driving on dusty roads I guess. I just like keeping things clean. Probably excessively.
     
  3. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:37 AM
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    I do 5K with Redline and a K&N. Works for me.
     
  4. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    5,000 on the 5 and 10...easy to remember

    Mobil 1 and a Napa Gold (wix) filter.

    The Jeep is on the same schedule.

    Howard
     
  5. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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  6. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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  7. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    The manual specifies 7500 for regular service, 5000 for severe service (towing, offroading, stop and go, etc.), if I recall correctly. This is for non-synthetic.

    So, doing it more frequently than those intervals with synthetic is a complete waste of time, money, and good oil.
     
  8. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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    Where in the manual did you see the 7,500 for regular service?

    I agree that doing more frequent change with synthetic is a waste of time. What would you consider to be a more frequent interval then? 5,000?
     
  9. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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    change it at 5k give or take 100 till i have time. i'd rather be cautious and change mine more often than necessary to make sure she keeps running good. it's not that much effort to change it and i need to rotate my tires then anyways
     
  10. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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    Yes. I am starting on a 7500 interval after strarting with synthetic a couple changes ago with 5000 intervals and no problems. I had no idea what was used by the previous owner, so I was being conservative in case I started getting some leaks, but I've had none.

    I'd have to go look. It is either in the owner's manual, or in the service record booklet.

    You can also look on toyotaownersonline.com. Enter VIN, get service intervals...
     
  11. Aug 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    My Land Cruiser gets 9-10k oil change intervals. Always a used oil analysis after each change. I've had the best results with Valvoline and Amsoil full-syn fluids. I use WIX, but have used K&N and Amsoil EaO as well.
     
  12. Aug 25, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    I do the filter change every 5000 miles and change the Amsoil every 15000 seems to be doing fine.
     
  13. Aug 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    i go 6000 with Pennzoil Ultra
     
  14. Aug 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM
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    Just a note to all posters: The OPs truck is a 1st gen 3.4, so opinions for the same spec vehicle and its factory-recommended intervals are probably most helpful.
     
  15. Aug 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    Yea and at 3.99 for toyota filter why wouldn't anyone use oem.
     
  16. Aug 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM
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    i use royal purple and K&N filter usually every 3kish but extended this time due to impinging hurricane, i aint changin my oil before it
     
  17. Aug 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    That's 5000 km for me, so 3000 to 3500 miles for me! :eek:
     
  18. Aug 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    Whoops, I should clarify Miles!!!

    I forgot about our brothers in the great white north, or any other country for that matter. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
  19. Aug 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    I run Mobile One and change it every 6 months (which comes out to around 2,500 miles.)
     
  20. Aug 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM
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