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post #16 of 89 (permalink) Old 11-10-2014, 06:23 AM
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Today's top brands of conventional oil are great as long as you change them frequently and use a good filter. I personally wouldn't do it in my Jeep though, but I drive a lot of hills and in extreme heat 6-7 months of the year. I like using very high quality oil as a form of cheap insurance so I don't have to worry about a dirty engine becoming problematic. I wouldn't drive over 4000 with any conventional, and no more than 8000 on a high quality synthetic, just my personal preferences.

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I do my oil changes when the "Change Oil" message appears in the dash. I do this because I still have a lifetime power train warranty to maintain, and I don't know what type of logging the computer retains. When I was travelling further for work, this used to be a 5200-5800 mile interval. Now that my driving is only about 10 minutes of stop and go, this has reduced to 2800-3400 miles. So if anyone doubts whether the oil life monitor works, I can confirm that it does. Either that or the last time the dealer had it they changed something in the programming.

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I change mine every 3k miles and my oil is gross. I had a mechanic do it last time and he said it was extremely bad and I was right at 3k miles. He recommended I run full synthetic from now on and keep a very close eye on it.




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How many miles for the change oil light to appear?

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How many miles for the change oil light to appear?
See post #17 above. Todde702 states that it does indeed vary depending on use. I am approaching 5,000 miles stop and go city and my EVIC is reading 10% life left. I'm changing it at 5K regardless, recording when the oil change indicator activates, then resetting it. I will keep to a 4-5K oil change schedule no matter what the oil change indicator states, but will record it nonetheless.
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Interesting .... yea I will keep to my 5k standard as well.

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How can I check this? I am intrigued.

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See post #17 above. Todde702 states that it does indeed vary depending on use. I am approaching 5,000 miles stop and go city and my EVIC is reading 10% life left. I'm changing it at 5K regardless, recording when the oil change indicator activates, then resetting it. I will keep to a 4-5K oil change schedule no matter what the oil change indicator states, but will record it nonetheless.

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I replace the engine oil every 9000 to 10000 miles.
My driving is 97% highway cruising.
I use Mobil One full synthetic & my 2.4L is equipped with an oil cooler.
The 2009 pat currently has 139000 trouble free miles on the engine & the last oil analysis showed no high numbers of the bad by products from use at the longer oil change intervals.
The company I work for recently retired its fleet of 20 2006 Jeep Liberty's.
Each one had in excess of 100,000 miles using conventional engine oil replaced @ 6,000 mile intervals with no ill effects. These were all hard, continuous city miles with long periods of idling.
Today's engines are better engineered as well as the current lubricants than what was available 25 years ago.
I have seen one old Honda CRX commuter car with nearly 500,000 miles on the original engine.
No reason why a riot engine cannot match that.
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post #26 of 89 (permalink) Old 02-25-2015, 10:33 PM
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Figured I'd chime in since I'm doing an oil change this weekend. I just run conventional since I change my own and can do it fairly often. I aim for a change at 5000 km but it's usually 6000 km (3000-4000 'ish miles) by the time I get around to it. It's dirty but that's its job.

As for diesels, you can't trust the colour with them at all. I used to maintain some heavy vehicles that were up there in age (385000 km on my ram 3500 when I quit). you could change the oil and run them for 30 seconds and it would look like the stuff you just took out. You can tell by the texture. If you can feel any "grit" in the oil, it's toast.
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I remember when we both bought our 2014's at about the same time....I run Mobil one full syn 5-30 with a WIX oil filter and I will change it once a year which for me is about 4 to 5K miles....What ever the gauge on the dash says is meaningless to me......I also changed mine to Syn at 1,000 miles and I currently have 2,200 miles on mine....Hope your liking yours as much as I do mine!
With what you said and a few others is right where I am now. I work from home so I dont drive much. When I would drive to work I usually only put about 8k miles a year. So I may go ahead and switch to full synth since it will prob last a year for me
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post #28 of 89 (permalink) Old 02-26-2015, 04:27 PM
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I also change once a year using Royal Purple...usually that is 8-10k miles per year.
I did that with my 2.4 Stratus for years with no problem.

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post #29 of 89 (permalink) Old 03-06-2015, 01:59 PM
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So my dealership offered Lifetime synthetic oil changes for $799, basically I pay for 10 oil changes up front (every 3 months/5Kmiles) and I get free oil changes for as long as I own the Patriot from there on out. I figured it was good deal since I usually own a car for at least 7 years.
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post #30 of 89 (permalink) Old 03-06-2015, 02:56 PM
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I got my Riot with 15 miles on it. Im going to change the oil at 1k (currently at 650) and go full synthetic. I have noticed big differences in the full syn vs regular. I had to run my last 4 vehicles on full syn to maintain solid mpg and heat. When its 121 in the summer this is a no brainer.
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