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Old 29th March 2015, 19:54   #151
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Default Engine Oil Change Interval on sparingly used cars

I have a Toyota Innova (3.5 years old, 22000 kms on the Odo) which I use primarily for Highway runs and an Alto (7 years old, 26000 kms on the Odo) which I use in the city. As you can see, my usage is very low on both cars.

I followed the manufacturer's prescribed service intervals during the warranty period. Post-warranty, I usually get them serviced at 12-18 month intervals.

As per the manuals, one has to change the Engine Oil every 10,000 kms. My cars would have only run between 3000 to 5000 kms when I give them for service. Before going for the service, when I check the Engine Oil with the dip stick, the level is OK and the oil 'looks and feels good'.

Both the Toyota and the Maruti Service Advisors have been insisting on an Oil change because 'it is more than a year' since the last service, and I have been getting this done so far, even though I felt that this is probably not required and is being done to boost up the bill.

I visited the US recently and found that my daughter gets her Honda CRV serviced and engine oil changed only when the relevant warning pops up on the car's dashboard. They do not go by a time or mileage schedule. Obviously, there is a sensor that checks the engine oil quantity and quality and displays this warning. My daughter uses her car sparingly too and got the oil changed only twice in four years.

This led me to think - in India, are we being wasteful by changing perfectly good engine oil every year, even on cars that have run half or less of the prescribed mileage for oil change? Isn't this environmentally unfriendly practice as well?
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Old 29th March 2015, 20:27   #152
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My cars are also used sparingly and service them once a year. But I find that the engine oil, although not used much, have lost their lubricant properties after a year. The oil does not become black but slightly sticky. I guess this is because our cars run at extreme temperatures in summer months. If you are finding stickiness in the oil you should change it. Remember to change the oil filter too as the sticky oil will remain in the filter.
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Default Re: Engine oil change at 5000 or 10000kms?

My civic ran only 1500 kms last one year.Does it need a service /engine oil change?
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My civic ran only 1500 kms last one year.Does it need a service /engine oil change?
If your owner's manual says oil change to be done every 12 months or xx Kms whichever is earlier, then yes.

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