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THE GARAGE (SERVICE, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR) => DIESEL => Topic started by: Bob.W on August 08, 2022, 07:24:55

Title: 5k interval oil changes - excessive? wasteful? or cheap insurance?
Post by: Bob.W on August 08, 2022, 07:24:55
Hello Learned Korean Car Drivers,

Just curious - we don't drive a lot of mileage (about 15k/pa, rural 25km runs for 80% of it) - but I've gotten in the habit of changing our PD's oil every 5,000km.

I always use the spec'd oil generally C3 grade, Valvoline & Nulon were the last few I used.

I used to do the oil filter at 5k as well - but decided it could do the full 15k or12mth interval instead.

With high grade modern synthetics oils (as C3's are) and non-extreme driving conditions, for the pretty benign D4FB diesel engine how do folks feel about this practice?

While I know its doing no harm (other than to my wallet and environment) - is it likely to be doing any good or would the $$$ and effort be better spent on other areas?

Much thanks for your thoughts
Bob
Title: Re: 5k interval oil changes - excessive? wasteful? or cheap insurance?
Post by: CraigB on August 08, 2022, 10:13:37
It'll be fine doing it once a year, twice a year if you were doing a lot towing or other severe treatment.

Three times a year is quite excessive :Shocked: without changing the filter between oil changes you were only wasting the oil anyway as it's instantly contaminated via the old filter :crazy1:
Title: Re: 5k interval oil changes - excessive? wasteful? or cheap insurance?
Post by: Bob.W on August 09, 2022, 06:01:39
without changing the filter between oil changes you were only wasting the oil anyway as it's instantly contaminated via the old filter :crazy1:
Thanks for your reply & thoughts.

Just curious, how do you feel that 'new' oil would be contaminated (which is very subjective so I'll assume this is meant as being to a significant level) by the old filter being still in place?

Pressurised system, contaiminants above a certain size are trapped in the filter, yes a very small amount of old 'dirty' oil in filter - but not sure how significant contamination takes place?  :-)
Title: Re: 5k interval oil changes - excessive? wasteful? or cheap insurance?
Post by: CraigB on August 09, 2022, 11:04:12
There would be enough old oil within the filter to start degrading the new oil at an accelerated rate, particle blockage isn't so much of a concern but more the early breakdown of the oils structure.
Title: Re: 5k interval oil changes - excessive? wasteful? or cheap insurance?
Post by: Bob.W on August 10, 2022, 22:46:29
There would be enough old oil within the filter to start degrading the new oil at an accelerated rate

I have never heard of old oil 'catalysing' new oil degradation - tried  to find info on it but coudn't - do you have any links on it? 
Title: Re: 5k interval oil changes - excessive? wasteful? or cheap insurance?
Post by: CraigB on August 11, 2022, 03:45:05
I have never heard of old oil 'catalysing' new oil degradation - tried  to find info on it but coudn't - do you have any links on it?
No links, just years of knowledge through the racing industry :)
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