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Old 05-31-2011, 09:42 PM   #1
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I went in for a oil change today at the chevy dealership. They told me to change oil every 5,000 miles not every 3,000 miles. Is this ok or should I just keep change it out every 3,000 miles like I been doing on all my cars. Is it safe for the engine to go up to 5,000 miles on the same oil let me know guys thanks. The oil they use in it this time was ac delco synthetic blend dexos1.

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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Changing every 3,000 miles is just a waste of money. I recommend going at least 5,000 miles before changing your oil.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:16 PM   #3
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Lgndryhr how long do you go before you do a oil change on your malibu.
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I go anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 depending on what kind of driving I've been doing, what my OLM (stands for oil life meter), and I check my oil occasionally with the dipstick to help decide too.
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Lgndryhr so you use GM oil life monitor in your malibu how is that working out for you so far.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:02 AM   #6
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I changed my factory fill in my 3.6 V6 at 5300 miles, replacing it with AMSoil full synthetic. I'm at 9000 now and expect to go around 6000 to 10,000 miles depending on the OLM and dipstick checks.

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Old 06-01-2011, 07:38 AM   #7
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Changing every 3,000 miles is just a waste of money. I recommend going at least 5,000 miles before changing your oil.
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You could always read your owners manual and do what IT says.
I think you'll find that it is 6500 or more.

If you pay attention to every shade-tree mechanic that you meet.......on forums too......you will be so confused that you won't know what to do.

There there is the OLM too.

When the time comes, I plan to use full synthetic and change it at the max. interval allowed in the book......or when the reminder goes off, which ever comes first.

Modern oils have MUCH a much longer life span than they did just 20 years ago or so; synthetics moreso.
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malibuken I did read my owners manual it said to use the oil life monitor will do that now on.
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Do not go over 7500 miles..
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by the sticker on the car, it is saying I need to do mine now. But the dipstick shows clean. So I am waiting a few more weeks, when I get a total of 5k added miles since last oil change. I just bought this car with 16K on it, I am at 18.5K now, I assume they did oil change at dealership. So that is why I am waiting as they probably go by the old standard of 3K per oil change. When I do the oil change, I am going full synth.
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