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    My Chevy 2003 Silverado indicated 4 months ago my engine oil life left was "0". Although the oil indicator is still 3/4 filled today. How long should I go before changing the oil if I do about 40 miles a week mileage? I'm low on money...

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    As oil is the life blood of any engine, an oil change appears to be way over due.....I change mine at 3000 miles with dyno oil and 4000-5000 if using synthetic.

    An oil change with dino oil (5 quart jub at Walmart) plus one extra quart is about $12 plus $4 for a filter....or have them do it for about $20 and save your engine...

    The cost of a replacement engine is over $4000 today....
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    I change the conventional oil between 4 to 6K miles. The monitor tells me to change between 3 to 9K. Once the systems indicates its low I try to change it.
    Trevor - Huntington Beach, CA
    2007 GMC 2500 4X4

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    I change mine after 4000 miles or 4 months. I use napa fully synthetic and napa gold filter.
    ANDREW
    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L V6
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarc View Post
    My Chevy 2003 Silverado indicated 4 months ago my engine oil life left was "0". Although the oil indicator is still 3/4 filled today. How long should I go before changing the oil if I do about 40 miles a week mileage? I'm low on money...
    How many miles have you driven since the last oil change?
    What do you mean by oil indicator? The engine oil dipstick? Or a dash gauge?

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    I like to change it in the ballpark of 5k and i use full syn. For you that would be like, what 10 months. Wow, I bet you dont burn through too much gas.
    Andy
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    I use Valvoline Maxlife 5-30 Full Synthetic, And I use A/C Delco oil filter,I change the oil at 4500.

    MIKE


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    It's kind of funny that 3000 mile oil change has been around 30+ years! Technology has changed some...

    I change my every 15000 miles w/AMSOIL 5W-30 and Eao filter.

    John

    06 Red GMC 4X4 CrewCab 4.8L
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    Lubed by AMSOIL...

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    Ain't it funny, I guy asks a question and never comes back to see the answers?
    First reply was almost 2 months after the original question; then the topic gets revived after 6 months.. LOL

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