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Old 07-20-2011, 09:48 PM   #151
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i think u should change ur oil depending how u drive ur car and wat conditions u drive it on.... for example i change my oil every 3000-5000 max because everytime i take it out (once a week) i love driving it balls to the walls thats why i bought it...
And the OLM knows you do this by the multiple parameters it is monitoring and adjusting the % left in real time. The OLM starts off with a set number or rotations of the crank. From there it takes deterioration factors like operating temps, start up temps, soak times, ambient temps, coolant temps, oil temps etc... and adjusts the OLM in real time.

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Good thread. I have a couple of questions that I could not find the answer to or maybe just missed it...

Should the first oil change be sooner than normal because of a "break-in" period?

I have a 2011 V6 RS vert...Do I have to use the GM oil instead of Mobile1 5w30?
No and No
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:33 AM   #152
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Good thread. I have a couple of questions that I could not find the answer to or maybe just missed it...

Should the first oil change be sooner than normal because of a "break-in" period?

I have a 2011 V6 RS vert...Do I have to use the GM oil instead of Mobile1 5w30?
I've always done my first oil change early; within the first 500-750 miles tops. And I always see some crud come out from the break-in. I took the opportunity to put in a magnetic drain plug as well. $5 at Auto Zone. There will always be some extra crap in the oil from the break-in period and I want it out of there. I'm sure your engine will live a long life even if you don't change it early but I like the peace of mind.

Another example is the rear differential. The pics of peoples magnetic drain plug I've seen on here is pretty scarey. I'll be changing mine when this fall and I'll probably be around 1,500-2k miles.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:40 AM   #153
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I followed the rules of that computer until my 08 5.3 Suburban needed a cam and lifters at 65000 miles.zdp...blah blah blah!dirty oil is abrasive oil!get it out of there!
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:54 PM   #154
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I followed the rules of that computer until my 08 5.3 Suburban needed a cam and lifters at 65000 miles.zdp...blah blah blah!dirty oil is abrasive oil!get it out of there!
If you don't mind.. What oil were you using and how many miles between oil changes?

Very interesting..
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:03 PM   #155
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I have a question, I just got my first oil change done on my car at around 7500KM cuz the OLM reading was at 5%. So if i switch too synthetic oil next time and I keep up my same driving cycle, the OLM will adjust accordingly, and probably will allow me to squeeze a few thousand more kms?
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:58 PM   #156
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The OLM/computer will have no idea that you put synthetic in. What would happen is if temps reduced enough then the OLM wouldn't reduce as fast. A few thousand different? I honestly don't think more than maybe a 1000, but there is no actual proof.
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #157
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So how would I know how long I can wait till i should change my oil? Because it seems most people here say they can go somethign crazy like 8,000 miles or 10,000 miles on synthetic.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:44 PM   #158
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So how would I know how long I can wait till i should change my oil? Because it seems most people here say they can go somethign crazy like 8,000 miles or 10,000 miles on synthetic.
For warranty purposes you are still bound by the OLM. I don't know exactly how much the computer can tattle tale on you, but if you reset the OLM and have no proof of a oil and filter change you don't have a leg to stand on.

We currently have just over 12,000 miles on this oil and the OLM says 6%. I'll get around to changing it next week after I put some more miles on it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:13 PM   #159
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The oil life indicator is a good guildline to follow, only for the parameters it checks. New engines have a sacrificial coating on the bearings called babbit. this is a lead based metal that wears away as engine break in occures. Engine oil analasis detects all metal contaminants in the sample and reports them to the owner. Certain metals should never be present in the sample, and indicate a potential problem long before it can be seen otherwise. These metals , if allowed to remain can cause damage to the engine. There are also viscosity issues with any oil as well as pour point and other critical tests that determine weather or not the lube is acceptable for your application.
With oil changes as cheap as they are I change mine at the 3k mark reguardless of what the OLI says. Its just cheap insurance.
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The oil life indicator is a good guildline to follow, only for the parameters it checks. New engines have a sacrificial coating on the bearings called babbit. this is a lead based metal that wears away as engine break in occures. Engine oil analasis detects all metal contaminants in the sample and reports them to the owner. Certain metals should never be present in the sample, and indicate a potential problem long before it can be seen otherwise. These metals , if allowed to remain can cause damage to the engine. There are also viscosity issues with any oil as well as pour point and other critical tests that determine weather or not the lube is acceptable for your application.
With oil changes as cheap as they are I change mine at the 3k mark reguardless of what the OLI says. Its just cheap insurance.


Sorry, but wth did I just read? Total post failure especially coming from a supposed chief engineer in some part of the automotive industry.
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As mentioned earlier, here is what I got in the mail on the wife's car
Hi my oil life is at 4% and my appointment isn't until Tuesday. Will it be okay until then I have maybe 60 miles of driving until then.
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really depends on how you drove it then and also what type of oil. Any track days on the oil? What kind of oil?
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Hi my oil life is at 4% and my appointment isn't until Tuesday. Will it be okay until then I have maybe 60 miles of driving until then.
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Probably. 0 isn't really 0, there is still quite a bit of a safety factor once it reaches 0 (I forget what I've heard it cited as, but its probably at least 10%).

But even if 0 is 0 ... you say you've got ~60 miles & 4% to go, you would have to have an oil change interval of just 1500 miles for 60 to equal 4% of the total life. Odds are its been at least twice as long, if not 5 or even 10 times depending on how you drive. If you are close, as long as you aren't abusing your engine for that time you should be fine.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:51 PM   #164
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Probably. 0 isn't really 0, there is still quite a bit of a safety factor once it reaches 0 (I forget what I've heard it cited as, but its probably at least 10%).

But even if 0 is 0 ... you say you've got ~60 miles & 4% to go, you would have to have an oil change interval of just 1500 miles for 60 to equal 4% of the total life. Odds are its been at least twice as long, if not 5 or even 10 times depending on how you drive. If you are close, as long as you aren't abusing your engine for that time you should be fine.
The 60 miles is a guess for miles to work and errands. I plan to drive as little as possible until then. I checked the oil last week and is seemed fine. After reading all the quotes on this site though I guess I will play it safe and drive as little as possible. I just wonder if the dealer adjusted it so I would have to go often. Seems like I just changed it. thank you for such a quick reply.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:33 AM   #165
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Hi my oil life is at 4% and my appointment isn't until Tuesday. Will it be okay until then I have maybe 60 miles of driving until then.
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You'll be fine. Drive normally.
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bumping this up. Had someone ask about it today.
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