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Old 09-20-2016, 12:33 PM   #1
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What factor dictates an oil change - mileage driven or age of oil

I do not drive my stang that much with having another daily driver. My question has to do with what factor is the most important when it comes to doing an oil change - mileage driven or age of oil. I only use Mobil1 full synthetic. Currently I have only put roughly 3500 miles since the last oil change which was done October of 2015 just before my ride was put into winter storage for 4 months. The dealer sticker indicates that my oil change should be done in March based on a 5 month/5000 mile schedule. Soooo should I have really changed my oil back in March or can I wait until I get closer to having driven for 5000 miles. Thanks for your educated opinion and feedback.
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dealers push oil changes. Ford sez up to12 months/10K? miles. either go by the OLM (make sure it's reset) Or on my 5-6K year nice day toy (stored in winter I change mine every 9 months. That works out to be 4 times in 3 yrs which is one more than Ford suggests. That for me is a good compromise between milking every last drop and too often. You'll get other suggestions choose the one that helps you sleep best.

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In your case, I would go with Mud's advise. Oil become's acidic with age and exposure to the elements. Leave's nasty sludge in hard to get places when it just sits not moving.
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The OLM will go to 0 in around 12 months with 0 miles on the oil. I don't put many miles on my Mustang so the last two years I have been changing my oil every 9 months. That's around 1,100-1,700 miles, but I do keep track of the miles just incase I get to 3,000 miles during the 9 month period.

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Mines a daily, so I go by what the manual recommends.
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Most important, change before Stang is put into storage. That way, it should be good till next fall unless of course you're extra hard on it or drive over 3-4K a season.
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I'll get blasted for this but, when I check the oil on my dipstick and it starts looking dark I want to dump that oil out. I know full synthetic oil can be run longer. I also know somebody is going to get a great deal on my car if I trade it in. Changing oil by color just an old bad habit that I can't shake off.
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I was going to ask a similar question. Got my Mustang earlier this year from CarMax. They changed the oil before I bought the car. I've put nearly 7000 miles on it as a daily driver. We make regular trips up into the mountains so a lot of highway too.
The dash says oil is still at 100%. I know the manual says change it every 10K. I would have thought that it would be at 50,60 or 70% by now?
I'm planning on switching to Mobil full synth when I do the change.
But why has the "guage" not changed?
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I was going to ask a similar question. Got my Mustang earlier this year from CarMax. They changed the oil before I bought the car. I've put nearly 7000 miles on it as a daily driver. We make regular trips up into the mountains so a lot of highway too.
The dash says oil is still at 100%. I know the manual says change it every 10K. I would have thought that it would be at 50,60 or 70% by now?
I'm planning on switching to Mobil full synth when I do the change.
But why has the "guage" not changed?
Something is wrong with the oil monitor. You should be around 20 to 30% left. It resets to 100% when dealership changes it, if they reset it.
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my OLM got stuck 1x......it's a computer they glitch. fix if wtty/ignore if not.
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figure out how to reset it (manual) and see if it starts counting but as Red mentioned it's due soon.
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Anyone else get their oil tested? Black stone labs sends you a kit. Take a sample, send it in with $30? $40? and they analyze it for you. Mines a DD (in nice weather) 8 months out of the year. I change oil (full synthetic) when I put her away. Each time (so far) they've said I could get a couple more thousand miles out of it which as mud put it, helps me sleep. That's 1X a year with about 8k miles on it.
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Same thing i do with mine i drive about 5-6 thousand a yr change it when i put it up for the winter with mobile 1 15000 good to go next yr
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