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    Default Trust Mileage or Computer?

    I only have about 300 miles left before I hit the 3K mile mark to get an oil change, but on my odometer read-out, it says my oil life is at 70%. Should I go ahead and get it changed at 3K miles, or wait for that meter to run down? I don't want to risk running it too long, so I'm tempted to go ahead and change it, but if I can safely keep going and trust the meter, then I will. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
    Matt
    Hallsville, TX

    2005 Silverado 1500 LS Crew Cab 5.3L 2WD
    K&N FIPK II
    Magnaflow Exhaust
    Hypertech Max Energy Programmer
    Suspension Leveling Kit
    Putco Element Window Visors
    Carriage Works Billet Grille
    TruXedo TruXport Tonneau Cover


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    I use the "meter" myself, but I know others feel it is "cheap" insurance to go with the recommended interval. I know this doesn't help much, so good luck!


    2010 Z/71 Colorado C/C
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    w/8.1L Chevy & Allison 6spd.
    Canyon Lake, Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWright936 View Post
    I only have about 300 miles left before I hit the 3K mile mark to get an oil change, but on my odometer read-out, it says my oil life is at 70%. Should I go ahead and get it changed at 3K miles, or wait for that meter to run down? I don't want to risk running it too long, so I'm tempted to go ahead and change it, but if I can safely keep going and trust the meter, then I will. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
    We've had this debate a lot. The old cheap insurance argument. My view is simple, there has been study after study showing that there is no additional wear on an engine at 7500 miles between oil changes vs. 3000 miles between oil changes. Personally, I've been running synthetics about 15,000 miles between oil changes for the last year or two and haven't seen any problems ... well, problems from someone pulling out in front of me, but that's another story.

    Steve
    10 Chevy Traverse LT AWD
    02 Chevy Trailblazer LS (110K+ miles - loaded except for 4WD - WRECKED!)
    99 Chevy Cavalier LS (105K+ miles - commuter car)
    78 Chevy Suburban Silverado (454, 3/4 ton)
    62 GMC 3/4 ton Pickup (350 police interceptor)

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    From what I understand, the computer monitors what type of driving you do (lots of short trips, or highway, etc.) and bases oil life on that data. If you travel a lot of dusty roads, that doesn't get factored into the computer, so you might not want to go all the way to 0% oil life, but otherwise the computer should be pretty close.
    Gary

    99 K 1500 Suburban
    78 Silverado Big 10 w/factory 454
    00 S-10 Blazer
    1976 Trans Am
    1980 Honda CB900 Custom

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    I change my oil every 2500-3000 miles. I don't think it would hurt to change it early, in fact I think it would be better for it.

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