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So with the whole lockdown thing, I haven't been driving the Z very much. It's been 10 months since the oil was changed but I only have about 1500 miles

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Old 06-19-2020, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So with the whole lockdown thing, I haven't been driving the Z very much. It's been 10 months since the oil was changed but I only have about 1500 miles on this oil. I have heard various people say you can push an oil change out to a year but I have also heard engine oil breaks down over time. Does anyone out there have a Z that they don't put much miles on and stretch the oil change interval past the recommended 6 months?
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I change my own oil/filter once a year. I only put on less than 2K miles a year on average, though.
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Every 3k miles. Even if it's synthetic it's been sitting in the earth for a billion years, it ain't gonna break down if you leave in an engine for a year.

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Every 3k miles. Even if it's synthetic it's been sitting in the earth for a billion years, it ain't gonna break down if you leave in an engine for a year.

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I change every 4,000 miles. I put less then 4,000 on a year. So every winter, I change oil.
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Every 3k miles. Even if it's synthetic it's been sitting in the earth for a billion years, it ain't gonna break down if you leave in an engine for a year.

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Oil does break down sitting in a bottle on the shelf. Ever open up a bottle and have chunks come out.
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Amsoil top of the line. 1 time a year. I doubt I even put 1k on it in a year?
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Is an oil change every 6 months really that much of a hassle? If you can't be bothered enough to do an oil change more than once a year, I'm guessing you don't have time to drive the car either, which begs the question, why do you even have it...
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I change my own oil/filter once a year. I only put on less than 2K miles a year on average, though.
Same here. I use synthetic and change my oil once a year prior to winter storage. I only put about 3k Kms a year on mine.

PS: Every oil will eventually have its constituents break down and separate over time in storage. But we are talking over a decade, not months. A lot of luxury brands have already gone to 1 year oil changes. Nissan is one of the last remaining manufacturers requiring 6-month oil changes.
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Is an oil change every 6 months really that much of a hassle? If you can't be bothered enough to do an oil change more than once a year, I'm guessing you don't have time to drive the car either, which begs the question, why do you even have it...
When you have 5 vehicles to keep up, yeah.

Bike - 4 quarts.

Grand Cherokee - 6 quarts.

Z - 6 quarts.

Power Wagon - 7 quarts.

Motorhome - 5 gallons. YES...GALLONS.

That's a lot of oil in a year. 10 gallons and 3 quarts for one oil change for my fleet.
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Amsoil top of the line. 1 time a year. I doubt I even put 1k on it in a year?
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When you have 5 vehicles to keep up, yeah.

Bike - 4 quarts.

Grand Cherokee - 6 quarts.

Z - 6 quarts.

Power Wagon - 7 quarts.

Motorhome - 5 gallons. YES...GALLONS.

That's a lot of oil in a year. 10 gallons and 3 quarts for one oil change for my fleet.
I've never heard you complain about oil changes lol

Better than replacing the fan blade on your motorhome


And which one of those vehicles do you drive less than 1K miles in a year? My guess is none



I was just asking the question to try and understand. I'm not about to sit here and judge someone's choices for their toys. To each their own
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I've never heard you complain about oil changes lol

Better than replacing the fan blade on your motorhome


And which one of those vehicles do you drive less than 1K miles in a year? My guess is none



I was just asking the question to try and understand. I'm not about to sit here and judge someone's choices for their toys. To each their own
I forgot to add the 4 quarts for the diesel generator in the motorhome, plus the oil for the lawn mower, rotor tilter, portable generator, shredder, weed eater, chain saw, snow blower. That's another 3 gallons. Total 13 gallons, and 3 quarts.
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I forgot to add the 4 quarts for the diesel generator in the motorhome, plus the oil for the lawn mower, rotor tilter, portable generator, shredder, weed eater, chain saw, snow blower. That's another 3 gallons. Total 13 gallons, and 3 quarts.
13 gallons over how much time?? Let's say you do each one 5 times in a year. We're talking almost 5 gallons of oil per month. Holy ****!! How do you manage??
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13 gallons over how much time?? Let's say you do each one 5 times in a year. We're talking almost 5 gallons of oil per month. Holy ****!! How do you manage??
With a wooden spoon.
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