Oil change question

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by mjh404, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. mjh404

    mjh404 Guest

    Recently, I have not been driving that much each week. Maybe 1 to 5 miles a
    week if that. When I do drive my car every dayu, I religiously change my oil
    every 3 months. But now that schedule does not make sense to me if the car
    is only being driven 1 to 5 miles a week. I use Mobil 1 synthetic and K&N
    oil filters so oil changes are not cheap either. Can I and how should I
    adjust my oil changing schedule for my car's usage? Is every 4 months safe
    while I am driving so infrequently?
    mjh404, Oct 30, 2003
  2. You probably know that ONE of the reasons oil has to be
    changed is due to its accumulation of acids. Engines in
    cars that are driven only for a few miles at a time do not
    get hot enough to rid themselves of moisture in the oil,
    and, over time, develop an acidity. Hence the standard
    advice to change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months,
    whichever comes first. Mobil 1 resists the formation of
    acids and sludge to a greater extent than conventional oil,
    but that doesn't mean you can totally ignore this
    consideration. I'm no engineer, but I would think changing
    your Mobil 1 oil every four months would be fine.

    Al Phillips
    Soars with Turkeys, Oct 30, 2003
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