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Old 06-05-2007
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Oil change question?

we all know the famous saying, change it every 3 months or 3000 miles.

during the spring and summer now, i rarely drive my ranger and it has been in the garage for a good month now.

i will still take it out every couple weeks to keep everything working ok, but i am coming up on my 3 months here soon and have only put about 900 miles on it in 3 months.

should i change it or not since i have only gone 900 miles in the last 3 months?

i will probably put another 200 miles until october/november snow comes.
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Old 06-05-2007
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I would think you will be fine. I stored my last car all winter and drove it all summer without changing the oil. Put in Mobil 1 full synthetic 15,000 mile oil and called it a day. Read this article. I would have to agree with it. http://www.catherinesautorepair.com/news.html
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I wouldnt change it till you hit 3000 miles or 1 year.
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leave it till 3000 or like around nov if you still havent hit it
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Old 06-05-2007
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I don't pay attention to the 3 month part, I just change it when I'm a little over 3,000 miles
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Old 06-05-2007
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I have one car that is driven about once a month. I do the oil change once a year when I take it for an inspection. It ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 miles a year in miles.

Guys using full synthetics are stretching the interval to 7,000 -10,000 between changes. I think one year is long enough though and wouldn't really stretch past that regardless of miles driven. From what I have read, it gets thicker. 20 wt oil turns to 30 wt as an example.
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I'd wait until you hit 3000 miles, but wouldn't leave it in over 1 year
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Old 06-05-2007
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I use synthetic oils, change every 3000 miles
If you dont drive much it wont hurt to let it sit, but i would change it before you start driving daily again
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Old 06-05-2007
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Originally Posted by M50B06
I use synthetic oils, change every 3000 miles
lol what a waste, i run tri-synthetic and i change mine every 5k.

with todays technology and motors, 3k is a myth.

unless you use bulk oil, if thats the case, then every 2k haha.
i will never use that crap in my truck, im good on the recycled oil..
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Old 06-06-2007
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i change my oil every 3000 miles, which for my truck is about every 5 1/2 months.
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Old 06-06-2007
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I'm in the same boat as you, I bought my truck on November 9th 06, oil was changed when I bought it, and i'm about 100 miles from the 3,000 mile mark. I change my oil every 6 months, no matter how many miles I put on it. I changed it about 2 weeks ago.
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Old 06-07-2007
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You'll be fine until nov.

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Old 06-07-2007
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Even though you only drove 900 miles, it's the start up, and shut down. Condensation builds up in the crankcase. If it were my truck, I'd change it. I'm a nut when it comes to changing oil and filter. It's cheap insurance.
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