Oil Change on Covid Schedule.

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Eli Sidwell

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I used to drive my ST to work everyday, and had the oil changed every 3-5K with synthetic oil. After the covid thing started and we all started working from home, eventually my wife put the truck insurance into a storage mode where its covered, as long as I don't drive it. Now every month I back the truck onto the drive an let it run for 10-15 minutes to let it warm up and stir-up all the fluids.

Question: I had my oil changed a month before Covid hit, so I know that it is no way near 3k miles, but the same oil has been in there for over a year.
Yes: its synthetic, but do I need to have it changed ? Or just have it changed at my next 3k interval ?

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That's a tough one. I have the same dilemma driving less than 4000 miles per year. No surprise most oil companies recommend a 6 month interval while many other sources say up to one year. Running your engine to operating temperature every month can only help. I believe the biggest problem with short trips is the oil doesn't get hot enough to burn off condensation. I guess the only way to find out is send a used oil sample to someone like Blackstone Labs to have a used oil analysis done. Problem is it will cost you $30 to get the test. Since I have the 4.0L SOHC I try to play it safe and change oil and filter every year with full synthetic oil and a Motorcraft or Wix filter. YMMV
 

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Don't advise anyone changing longterm good habits because of this damned virus.
I continue to do my usual vehicle maintenance on a 6mth spring\fall routine,
& try to give both vehicles at least a 1hour drive to town & back every 2 weeks.

PS: Prefer to do own Engine Oil+Filter changes, as its an opportunity
to inspect underside for wear, leaks, rust, damage, debris,...
that the typical grunt in the pit at GreaseMonkey or StealerShip
will never look for due to pressure to get done ASAP, much less mention an item needing attention.
Oil change shop managers typically will only push other high profit services\items.
Also during my 6mth routine,
HandPump+Refresh a quart of ATF from TrannyDipTube,
HandPump+Refresh both Steering + Brake fluid reservoirs,
Clean+Inspect Suspension + Bushings + RubberBoots.
 
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kmartin

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Don't advise anyone changing longterm good habits because of this damned virus.
I continue to do my usual vehicle maintenance on a 6mth spring\fall routine,
& try to give both vehicles at least a 1hour drive to town & back every 2 weeks.

PS: Prefer to do own Engine Oil+Filter changes, as its an opportunity
to inspect underside for wear, leaks, rust, damage, debris,...
that the typical grunt in the pit at GreaseMonkey or StealerShip
will never look for due to pressure to get done ASAP, much less mention an item needing attention.
Oil change shop managers typically will only push other high profit services\items.
Also during my 6mth routine,
HandPump+Refresh a quart of ATF from TrannyDipTube,
HandPump+Refresh both Steering + Brake fluid reservoirs,
Clean+Inspect Suspension + Bushings + RubberBoots.
This Sport Trac kept being driven during the pandemic. Putting on its roughly 5k a year. What do you do about rust?
 

DILLARD000

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This Sport Trac kept being driven during the pandemic. Putting on its roughly 5k a year. What do you do about rust?
Compared to crazy amounts of winter road salt used in PA, not the case here fortunately;
highway dept does sparingly use MagChloride solution. So vehicle rust is less of a problem.
I inspect underside every ~6mths, wire brush any rust found, then coat with RustoleumHiTempBlack.
And lube the hell out of everything in sight, including body panels, with silicone spray.
 

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You folks are much better than me with the clean and lube, but I still change the oil and filter 2-3 K miles or 6 months whichever comes first. I like Dillard's idea of sucking out some transmission fluid with oil change and adding new.
Some years ago I had a fellow clean off the underside, spray with Rustoleum, and then black paint. I don't like the color but so far no rust.
 

Todd Z

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Whenever you have drastic temp changes, seasons if you will, i would change it every 6 month for regular oil, or 1 year max with Full synthetic, Maintenance is key in saving these motors....
 
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