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    Default how many people....

    go by when their truck says in the cluster "oil change required"

    just curious

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    Sr. Apprentice Bikeman's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    Charlotte NC


    I change mine every 3k. So I know theres good oil in there all the time. The oil life monitering system that GM uses COULD put you changing your oil at 10k miles and thats crazy. I believe that they are trying to reduce the ownership cost of the vehicles to compete with toyos and dodges. I figure that they figure if you change you oil every 10k...the engine won't fail till after the warrenty is out (100k/5yrs).

    IMHO if i change my oil every 3k...I'm coverd for engine lubrication. Plus it looks great for resale...would you buy a car from a guy who changed his oil every 10,000miles?

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    I would agree with Bikeman, GM is just waiting for you to blow the motor after the 100,000 mile warranty. I always change it at 3,00o miles too out of habit, although my friend goes by that thing and he changes the oil every 6,000-8,000 miles. I would be scared of all the gunk that would build up, and that's exactly why I won't buy a used truck because people believe everything that DIC tells them.
    2004 Chevy Colorado
    LS1 5.7 swap/TBSS rear axle swap

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    I've only seen that come on once and that was just after I bought my truck (in '06). I also change my oil regularly ever 3k no more than 3.5k. Anybody know of a good synthetic? I use royal purple but this month I think I'm going to have to go for a cheaper synthetic since I bought that 52 chevy... Thanks


    The fool learns not from the wise man, but the wise man from the fool.

    2004 Silverado 4x4 (Suzie)
    6" Fabtech Suspension Lift
    35" NITTO Terra Grapplers
    18" MB Wheels Predators
    Thrush Turbo Series Mufflers
    on true dual exhaust
    Grille by Option Racing

    1952 3600
    Finally getting torn down to the frame.

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    I've been Running Valvoline Maxlife 5-30 Full Synthetic,along with A/C Delco Filter.I change my oil at 4500 or there about.I have 135K on my truck now,and it runs Great.


    5.3 l 3.73 l G80

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    My dealer told me that i can change my oil every 5k miles along with a tire rotation. They said that oil last longer then it used to. They said go by the oil percentage life and i am good. So i do!
    2009 Chevy Cobalt SS Turbocharged
    2008 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 Victory red
    (5.3L fuel managment, 3.73 gears with locking diff.)
    2008 Yamha Rhino 450

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    i too change mine at 3k, but i waited for the message oce and it did it at 4k. also i only have the 3yr 36k warranty...

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    I run 15000 between changes, AMSOIL 5w-30 and EAO32 filter......

    Been for 10 yrs.....

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

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    lol, my truck is too old for that...
    2010 Equinox LT
    2.4, 6 speed auto, power lift gate, remote start, bluetooth, xm.

    1995 Cheyenne C1500 ext. cab(my baby, my first truck)
    5.0, 5 speed, Silverado appearance package, power nothing, bucket seats and console Silverado, painted black interior, eBay halo headlights, eBay chrome tails, eBay cai, dual Flowmaster 40's w/no cats, 15x7 American Racing Hopsters, Walmart fog lights, SS mirrors

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    I plan on going 30K to 50K on my AMSOIL oil change. I have 8 or 9 on it right now and the OLM has not said to change it yet. I want to see when it does say change it so I can send in an oil sample and see how it comes back. that will tell me if the OLM is worth anything.
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