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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-14-2010, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Oil change

I just got a call from the dealer saying they thought my Ranger should be due for an oil change.

Manual says, normal service, every 12,000 Km. The dealer says that "due to our climate" they use the special use maintenance schedule which calls for an oil change every 8,000 KM. I live in eastern Ontario. From what I read, my vehicle meets the normal use schedule criteria.

Does the dealer know something the manufacturer doesn't or is this their means of generating revenue?

Every other vehicle I've owned I've changed the oil every 5,000 km. but I'm old school.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-14-2010, 12:50 PM
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Regardless of the owners manual, I am having oil changes done every 6 months or 8000 km. I don't put a lot of kms on my truck....probably 12000 km a year. My trips tend to be short....5-10 mins to/from work. I will be getting an oil change done this week.


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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-14-2010, 12:57 PM
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Eh, it certainly won't hurt anything, other than your bank account. I guess it depends how paranoid you are. On my '07, the specified normal interval is 8,000 Km, but now even Ford has extended that, for later model years. They haven't changed the engine at all, it's just based on their reliability data of more than a decade.

I generally don't let mine get over 10,000, but I also use synthetic and change the filter every time, so I think I'm pretty safe. Maybe in the long run it will mean the difference between getting 300,000 km instead of 400,000 km out of the engine -- but the odds are something besides the engine will kill my truck long before that becomes a concern. And that's assuming I still own the truck at that mileage.

Just my opinion, but I think 5,000 km is waaaay over-kill for modern engines. High mileage older vehicles, maybe not.

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I believe the guidelines in the Owner's Manual are the basic requirements that need to be performed to satisfy any warranty claims, should they arise.

Anything above and beyond that is at your discretion, and as b4000 stated, your pocketbook.

Interesting that the 12,000km oil change interval caught your eye - I did the same thing and settled for a middle ground of 7500 to 8000 km between oil changes.

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I do my oil changes bettween 8 and 10 thousand. Like B4000 I use synthetic and change the filter as well.

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My dealer wants 5000km or 6 months. Their constant calling drives me nuts. I have had my truck about 42 months and only put 24,000km on it. During the summer months I might put 1500-2000km on the truck (take the motorbike instead), and they want to change the oil anyway. I tell them I'll see them at 5000k or so.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 10:43 PM
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I'm old school every 5000km, i know that some manufacturers now say that you can go 12000km on the new engines before oil change, thats crazy
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 06:50 AM
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If you sit and read the two service level descriptions, you'll find that most vehicles fall under the servere service description.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-18-2010, 12:27 PM
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With 7 trucks in the family we're changing filters every 3 months and oil at 8,000-10,000Ks.It gets a little nuts sometimes but then we haven't had any major repair bills either.ogre
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-18-2010, 04:55 PM
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man i dont care, put 5,000 on it or some times less depending on how i use my truck. couple long trips pulling the car trailer, and highway use, goin back n forth to the race track with the other truck on the trailer, i just rather have fresh oil in it than go 10-12k then change oil, less sludge build up or burnt oil on hot spots.

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