One more question, I am thinking to use "AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil - Full Synthetic (SN Plus, dexos1-Gen2) - 5W-30 - 5 Quart - AMDH533Q" they also have fully synthetic without high mileage feature for the same price($18). Which one should I use? Since its a lot cheaper and Scotty kimmer was saying this oil is pretty good.
Thanks a lot, guys.
Heh, before I actually saw it here, I was gonna ask if you were watching Scotty Kilmer.
First off, Amazon Basics like he said is made by Warren Oil. They also make a lot of other oils too like Autoquest by Meijer and that stuff is pretty cheap as well, about $18 for 5 quart full synthetic and also has the Dexos approval on it. Even with the 2.4, I've never tried it even though I'm sure it's probably fine. I put Autoquest into my S-10 and it hasn't had an issue whatsoever. I generally stick to Mobil 1 on the 'Bu though.
Don't buy the annual protection though, you're just wasting your money. Unless you're literally on the freeway all the time, it's best to save a bit of money and go advanced full synthetic, either the gray or the gold version from Mobil 1. It's cheaper and either way, you'll have to change your oil as often. I personally don't recommend going over 7000 miles between oil changes. That'll get you about 15-20% oil life remaining on your oil life monitor. To me, the oil is pretty dirty even by that amount of miles and yes, it means the oil is doing its job but it also means that it's starting to break down a bit by all the contaminates and the more and more it continues, the less effective it will become.
But in my personal opinion, oil changes are cheap insurance to ensure you have maximum protection in your engine as oil starts breaking down and doesn't lubricate as well anymore. I don't generally have a set time when I change the oil but I would always say that changing it before winter is also a good bet if you're getting close to your service mileage, especially if you live in a cold climate. You want the best oil protection you can get and also with fresher oil, your viscosity won't be as affected as used oil.
I don't care what anyone says, when it's 0 degrees outside, I always start and let the car run a for a few minutes before I hop in and start driving it. Sure, it's probably why most newer cars use a thinner oil so that it lubes better hence something like 5w, the lower the number, the better it protects in colder temperatures. A lot of vehicles in the day used 10w-30 which could be why it was a bit better to ensure your engine was warmed up before driving it, but I still prefer making sure the oil is flowing through it before I start pushing it in the cold. With VVT, I still think of the engine as delicate and want to ensure that nothing will push it over the edge and result in costly repair down the road.