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  1. guiltrip

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    for those who change their own oil, does the filter need to be cleaned every 3,000 miles or do I just change the oil. I normally do both but I have to get back to work in a half an hour and would rather not clean the filter if I dont have to
     
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    I always changed the filter at the same times as changing the oil, but did it at every 6,000 rather than 3,000 miles. NB: I stopped driving in the States because I kept daydreaming behind the wheel and rear-ended three people (in a bad way) in an 18-month period, so my automotive advice should be taken with a grain of salt.
     
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    Yeah I think I'll change the filter later, my jack stands are crap so I'm going to pick some more up too
     
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    :eek: You'd be better off changing the filter and not the oil. Either way it's akin to taking a shower then putting on the same underwear afterward.

    Oil filters have a bypass valve so when they're full of crap the oil will still circulate, but so will all of the contaminants. And then it's boo-hoo blown engine down the road. :disappointed:

    Bottom line: Change that filter ASAP.
     
  5. Principessa

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    You have to change the oil filter when you change the oil.
    I change the air filter every other oil change.

    Do you drive better in London?

     
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    Change your oil and Filter EVERY 3000 MILES...IRREGARDLESS of what that Stupid Manual Tells you.

    Chassis Lube every 3000 or 6000 miles.

    Air Filter every 15,000 or whenever you cannot see light through the filter.

    PCV Valve every 50-70K miles.

    Spark Plugs at 70K Miles - They say their good till 100...but theyre not.

    Trans Filter and Flush 70K miles.

    Rear Differential fluid (If RWD) 70-100K miles.
    Transfer Case Fluid (If 4X4 or AWD) every 70-100K miles.

    Belts - look for cracks. If severely cracked, replace.
    Timing Belts - generally around 80-100K miles depending on how treated.
    Timing Chains - 100-150K tend to get sloppy... While your in there, do a head job too.

    Wheel Bearings - generally sealed units last 200K miles. Inspect periodically
    I could go on...but you get the idea.

    Preventative Maintenance saves more money than you realize.
    It's when something BREAKS that the cost goes WAY up.
     
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    The previous post is why I always listen to Rikter8.

    NCbear (who changed his own oil until he could afford to get in the habit of buying new cars)
     
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    wow I think its time for me to get my belts, chains, and bearings checked. I always thought the engine would give out before that was necessary
     
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    It will if you don't change the oil filter. :smile:
     
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    oh fine Ill change the filter tomorrow morning. I got the new jack stands and theyre really tight and compact
     
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    Good boy, figured I'd leverage your lpsg name. :grinning-smiley-003 Don't forget to top up the oil as the filter can hold quite a bit.
     
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    What Veep said--if you had to choose one or the other choose the filter. Heck, if you run full synthetic, and always have, you could probably get by with only changing the oil every 10,000 plus miles, as long as you kept it topped off, and changed the filter ever 3-5000 miles. Not that you SHOULD do this---but just that you probably COULD "get away with it". Changing your oil and filter regularly is the SINGLE most important thing you can do to extend the life of the engine.
     
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    Bottom line is, if you want your car to last hundreds of thousands of miles, change ALL FLUIDS, including radiator coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, anything that is liquid, is made of petroleum products, ON SCHEDULE, including all filters (don't forger fuel filter). Also, don't neglect to change that O2 sensor (oxygen sensor) at 100,000, or on manufacturer's recommendation.

    Just don't waste your time by changing the oil and not the oil filter. But honestly, at 3,000 miles, it isn't an end-of-the-world event anyway.

    Ron
     
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    Do you drive better in London?



    The world is a safer place without me driving, so... I don't.
     
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    "Change your oil and Filter EVERY 3000 MILES...IRREGARDLESS of what that Stupid Manual Tells you."

    Ford indicates change the oil filter every other oil change and those are @ 7,500 mile intervals. I thought how strange, it's always been every oil change in my life and around 5,000 miles. So I get a Haynes manual and it confirms what Ford indicates. And this is with conventional motor oil, not synthetic. I've had this vehicle since 57K miles as the 2nd owner, adhered to the stipulated intervals and the engine has 175K on it and runs smooth. The vehicle is a 1994 year model.
     
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    I change my oil & filter every 5,000 miles. I think every 3,000 miles is a little much unless you drive your car like a taxi.
     
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    Which many people do, if not worse. It really depends on the typical usage, operating conditions and environment. Short trips dictate more frequent changes and long trips less, for example.
     
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    Just don't take your car to one of those "jiffy" oil change specialty places. They'll always say its time to:

    * change the oil
    * change the filter
    * change your brakelight bulbs
    * change your radiator fluid
    * change the air filter
    * change the hoses
    * change the brake pads
    * change the spark plugs
    * change the distributor
    * change the tranny fluid
    * change the tires
    * change the windshield wiper blades
    * change the battery
    * change the seat belt clasps
    * change the station on your car radio
    * change the brand of cereal you eat
    * etc...
     
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    Just be careful at those kind of oil change places. They charge ridiculous prices for air filters and such. I got burned once on an air filter. Charged me over twice what I could have bought it at Auto Zone.
     
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