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Old 01-03-2016, 10:44 AM   #1
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LOW mileage oil changes??

I store my vehicles every winter season (I live near Buffalo NY), and I rarely put on over 2500 miles every summer. I always changed the synthetic blend oil and filter every spring. It's not a lot of money for the protection. I've had people tell me it's better to change the oil every fall so you don't let the contaminated oil sit in the motor all winter... (?) Others tell me to just change the filter every spring, and change the oil at 5000 miles...
I would like to hear opinions of other members of this forum...
How often do you change the oil and filter in low mileage, winter stored vehicles?
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Old 01-03-2016, 12:52 PM   #2
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LOW mileage oil changes??

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Old 01-03-2016, 02:15 PM   #3
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mine gets 5-6K year (CT) I do mine by time of 9 months= 4 changes in three years which is one more than the OLM suggests. It helps me sleep better. If it's going to be due in storage time I'll di it B4 storage. Remember time & miles. I doubt it's needed but that number (4x in 3 yrs) is not a lot more than suggested.
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I change mine once a year in October before I put it away. You absolutely should change it before storing it. It even tells you that in your owners manual.
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:57 PM   #5
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Yes, def change before u put it away for winter. That's what I do too and I live in Buffalo as well. Not a bad winter so far....


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Old 01-03-2016, 09:11 PM   #6
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:48 AM   #7
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I would tell you to switch to a good synthetic (FULL SYNTHETIC) like Castrol Edge or Pennzoil Synthetic. With a Good WIX,Napa Gold or K&N Oil filter. do it once a year. It really will not cost that much more and you will know you are giving your Pony the best it can get for protection. Especially at cold start ups.
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At 2500 miles per year he'd be fine with any dino oil honestly. But I'd do Mobil 1 extended performance and a WIX filter. Change it right before putting it away and then when fired up in the spring the oil will still be new and good to go.
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Old 01-08-2016, 08:02 AM   #9
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I do about 3000 per year as well on my 2015GT. I change it before garaging and then in the spring as well. It's probably overkill but its not like it will cost you a fortune twice a year.

My 98 GT is around 6000 per year and I change it the same.
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you have to store in Texas?

sorry for derail but the OP has good answers already.
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I don't know why you would not run Synthetic in it at one a year OCI. I mean you can get good Synthetic for $29 for 5 qts and a K&N filter all the time from the chain parts stores. And you do not have to worry as much about the containments in the oil like you do with a Dino oil. I can honestly testify to how better the Synthetic will keep it clean and protected. Plus the Synthetic will flow so much better when you do finally crank it.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:55 PM   #12
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Id say just in the spring. its not hurting the engine at all sitting with "old oil". But if you do it before you put it away, all the things added to the oil to make it better for the car will break down over winter, so the oil wont be as good when spring rolls around again.
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I put mine away in October and I didn't change it befor doing so. I changed mine at 6500 miles and i put 1000 miles before I put it away. This is all new to me about changing it before storing


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Absolutely don't want that nasty oil sitting in your engine all winter. She deserves better than that.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:30 PM   #17
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I live in TN. Will run this car about 3k miles a year. Limited usage in the winter, but still will put probably less than 1000 mile in the winter. Have had others used in the same way and changed every 6 months (spring and fall) mileage was not a factor for me. Will do the same with my Roush. BTW - my manual says every 3k or every 6 mo.'s.
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I change mine every 2500 miles. Sometimes sooner. I would have had 2800 miles by the time I came back from the 2016 American Muscle Car Show (Cheap B*stards, NO SHIRT)! Most of my mileage is short trips of 10 miles or less. I do around 3500 miles per year, put in the garage for winter. I do drive it in the winter, as long as No snow or Ice is on the roads. About once a week or every 10 days, I start it and let it run for about 20 minutes. Don't want to put a car in storage and let the oil slowly seep back into the oil pan.

You will get a lot of different answers on this. Good Luck on whichever you do!
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Look in your owners manual for details but whenever you buy a car you should change the oil


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