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Old 05-17-2019, 09:01 PM
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I have taken over maintenance of my mother's 2013 Accord. They had been taking it to a shop but not recording all the maintenance. To save money, I started doing all that myself. Instead of driving up on racks, I jacked up the front and blocked it up on three 4x4's and one 2x4. However, it could have been a bit higher. The racks dad made from wood are amazingly solid and safe but those are just too heavy to get out and put away so I will stick with jacking and blocking. I was very impressed with the filter location although that plastic guard made gaining hand purchase a bit of a challenge.

I'm going to do a 5K mile oil change schedule, no concern if that is "too early" or not. I am going with a 5K tire rotation as well even though that means "every oil change, a tire rotation." I plan to make a set of wooden blocks specifically for this car to block it up on while doing such work.

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Why not do maintenance according to the maintenance minder function of the car? Depending on your driving conditions it may tell you to change sooner than 5k...
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That "minder" is only a clock, it doesn't actually test the oil in any way. Given as it had been over 8K miles and still showed "20 percent oil life" I'm just not comfortable going that long between changes. Mom has been completely bed fast for months and I guess dad just wasn't making time to take care of the car. I'll do it though. I'm the main driver of it now that my '02 Accord is up on blocks waiting for me to do the fuel and brake line change and I am a VERY conservative driver. I don't go above 55 mph on the interstate unless in a "big hurry."
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You do understand that the newer cars use full synthetic oil and as such have a much extended duration over the 5K conventional requirement.

The oil minder is more than just a clock, it also monitors the driving habits and calculates that into the oil life. It's an algorithm. I believe your car requires 0w20 or 5w20 both of which are full synthetics and have a minimum duration of 10,000 miles. Most places advise conservative durations of 7500 miles.

Testing has been done and the Penzoil platinum has been run 13,000 miles (roughly 20,000 KM) and tested only to find that it is now with properties equal to fresh conventional oil off the shelf, and this is after 13,000 miles in operation. Full synthetic has superior qualities as such can be run much longer. Changing it at 5K is throwing significant money away and offering you no additional protection.

https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/tip...-your-oil.html

One GM car Edmunds drove went 13,000 miles before the monitoring system indicated the need for an oil change. We sent a sample of that oil to a lab for analysis. The results showed that the oil could have safely delivered at least another 2,000 miles of service.
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Oh the oil life clock is more than a clock? The manual wasn't specific, but it seems to imply it was just a clock. Concerning oil change frequency, you are probably right (although it seems amazing to me) and I appreciate you trying to save me money, but even 5,000 miles between changes seems too much! No way could I ever wrap my head around 7,000 or (gulp) 10,000 miles! I'm the same way with my 2002 Accord. Dad changed the oil on that every 3,000 and I've kept the same schedule. Twice, before trips to Vermont (900 miles one way), I've changed the oil early to keep under 3,000 miles per change.

How are you guys on tire rotations?
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Originally Posted by Slow&Steady View Post
Oh the oil life clock is more than a clock? The manual wasn't specific, but it seems to imply it was just a clock. Concerning oil change frequency, you are probably right (although it seems amazing to me) and I appreciate you trying to save me money, but even 5,000 miles between changes seems too much! No way could I ever wrap my head around 7,000 or (gulp) 10,000 miles! I'm the same way with my 2002 Accord. Dad changed the oil on that every 3,000 and I've kept the same schedule. Twice, before trips to Vermont (900 miles one way), I've changed the oil early to keep under 3,000 miles per change.

How are you guys on tire rotations?
If you read the article, you are also helping contribute to higher pollution/oil dumping/resource waste.

I rotate my tires yearly being I put winters on every winter. I put my best tread tires on the front and most worn on the back until it's time to get 4 new tires. Opposite for rear wheel drive vehicles.
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I am pretty welded to driving 55 mph on the interstate and have been for 13 years now, so I think I've cut back my carbon footprint enough to justify more frequent oil changes.

On my '02 Accord I do a tire rotation every other oil change (front-to-back) and an "X" rotation every other rotation. So "front to back" every 6,000 miles and an "X" rotation every 12,000 miles. I buy non-directional tires for that purpose. My tires wear very evenly and generally last me three years although one set of Sumic tires lasted me four years. Those tires made a lot of noise but they sure lasted. I run all seasons year-round and put on chains if it gets really nasty. I have considered buying dedicated winter tires but since I stopped renting my ski condo out to ski groups, I don't need to be climbing that condo hill as often so I haven't bought those tires yet. I did get a set of OEM steel rims though but then stopped with the ski rentals. I think I am just about the only non-commercial driver that still uses chains but whoa, they allow some pretty impressive traction!
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