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I learned a valuable lesson today. If you track your oil, tire, etc. maintenance using the computer, be aware that if you replace your battery all mileage entries WILL BE

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Old 10-10-2018, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I learned a valuable lesson today. If you track your oil, tire, etc. maintenance using the computer, be aware that if you replace your battery all mileage entries WILL BE DELETED. Luckily I caught mine in time, and luckily I'm running Mobil 1 full synthetic oil. I simply forgot about how far I'd gone without an oil change... which ended up being just under 18,000 miles.
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I learned a valuable lesson today. If you track your oil, tire, etc. maintenance using the computer, be aware that if you replace your battery all mileage entries WILL BE DELETED. Luckily I caught mine in time, and luckily I'm running Mobil 1 full synthetic oil. I simply forgot about how far I'd gone without an oil change... which ended up being just under 18,000 miles.
I don't use the computer to keep track maintenance items. I change my oil before every track event. That is two days of tracking and the road miles after that track session, so once a month or two at most. I change brake, transmission, clutch and rear diff fluid once a year unless there is a reason to do it sooner. The air filter gets changed or cleaned once or twice a year. Tires are once a year or when there condition dictates. I check my brake pads and clean them about every other rotation of my tires which I do after every track event.

If you are tracking your car you can't over due the maintenance. My mechanics all thank me because they know I am doing my part to keep the car reliable.

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18k miles? Yikes! I set my computer at 2.5k as an early warning and change it before 3k. I use mobile1 as well. I guess I'm a stickler on oil changes, but all the cars I've ever owned all had more than 200k miles by the time I've sold them. My current 2001 passport has 260k miles, and the engine purrrrrrs like a kitten.
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You are lucky you didn't loose the engine. I just get the free oil change stickers at Advance Auto hanging from a dispenser by the oil.
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You are lucky you didn't loose the engine. I just get the free oil change stickers at Advance Auto hanging from a dispenser by the oil.


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I use a great little car maintenance app called MyCARFAX. I log all my maintenance for all my cars. The app sends me reminders when things become due. It also lets you know if any recalls pop up for your car. It even allows you to save receipts and pics of your maintenance.


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Well up to this month, its now done I was using Nissan Service Maintenance Gold Plan, which had oil changes every 3 months.... So I will just use the book and follow it and maybe a bit more, since I track and play hard
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Every 5k by the odometer, Mobil 1 full synthetic. No track days yet, but you bet your sweet bippy she's getting new oil before every track outing if/when it happens.
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When I said "track", I was referring to keeping track of maintenance, not a race track. Anyway, my engine seems fine... no apparent leaks, but the oil didn't even show in the dipstick it was so low.
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When I said "track", I was referring to keeping track of maintenance, not a race track. Anyway, my engine seems fine... no apparent leaks, but the oil didn't even show in the dipstick it was so low.
It is going to burn oil from here on out. Keep a check on your oil level regularly.
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I use a little maintenance book and also use “Trip B” as to how many miles I went since the last oil change.
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