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No oil after service questionable?

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Motoring
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  • AdrianCAdrianC
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    Quite a blanket statement to be making given you never asked my driving habits/mileage.
    Even if you chose to interpret "more frequently - nope" to mean "more frequently than a year", if you're doing serious mileage (20k+/year), then "every six months" would be the blanket statement, because you'd be going by mileage. If that happened to usually coincide with 6mo intervals, then that's mere coincidence - and you'd not extrapolate that to others, unless you knew their mileage.

    That apart, nothing else I said was anything approaching blanket. There may be instances where the extended manufacturer's interval would be wise to shorten, but they'd be at the 18k end of the spectrum, rather than 10k, with modern oils.
  • reeacreeac
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    I have an old sports car which leaks oil from its rear crankshaft bearing as there is no seal, just an oil thrower. As a consequence I usually run with a low oil level in order to minimise loss. My key indicator is oil pressure as the gauge is very clear and accurate. The first indication of too low a level is a dip in pressure when turning sharp left as the sump oil then flows away from the oil pump intake. Been doing this for decades. My message? A brief flashing of an oil pressure light doesn't necessarily spell disaster ....just take it easy and top up asap.
  • ErgatesErgates
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    us there a light that actually records oil level , or is it an oil PRESSURE warning light , the sort that goes out when you start the engine

    and comes on when there is no oil pressure

    Whenever I start the engine in my car, a little message pops up telling me the oil *level* is OK.
  • unholyangelunholyangel
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    AdrianC wrote: »
    Even if you chose to interpret "more frequently - nope" to mean "more frequently than a year", if you're doing serious mileage (20k+/year), then "every six months" would be the blanket statement, because you'd be going by mileage. If that happened to usually coincide with 6mo intervals, then that's mere coincidence - and you'd not extrapolate that to others, unless you knew their mileage.

    That apart, nothing else I said was anything approaching blanket. There may be instances where the extended manufacturer's interval would be wise to shorten, but they'd be at the 18k end of the spectrum, rather than 10k, with modern oils.

    Even my new car gives a 6 mo/4500 miles if you're driving under certain conditions (short mileage, dusty conditions, long periods of idling, towing etc).

    But my point was that I find it amusing you were belittling what is good car maintainence as being archaic based on period alone - just a few posts after you yourself raised the point of "Nine months, and how many miles?"
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  • EdGasketTheSecondEdGasketTheSecond
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    Weekly checks:
    Oil
    Coolant
    Tyre pressures
    Hydrualic fluid levels



    Saves a lot of grief.
  • couriervanmancouriervanman
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    Weekly checks:
    Oil
    Coolant
    Tyre pressures
    Hydrualic fluid levels



    Saves a lot of grief.

    And just takes 5 min
  • born_againborn_again
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    fred246 wrote: »
    IThe ONLY way to know that a car has been serviced properly is to DO IT YOURSELF.

    except we are talking a 2 year old car which will still be under warrant.

    Your idea total ensures any engine related issues will not be covered.:mad:
  • born_againborn_again
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    But my point was that I find it amusing you were belittling what is good car maintainence as being archaic based on period alone - just a few posts after you yourself raised the point of "Nine months, and how many miles?"

    Valid question ans not belittling good car maintenance.

    As the OP missed a pretty important point.

    It could have been possible that the OP had done no miles. Which could mean the thread title was correct.
  • ErgatesErgates
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    Even my new car gives a 6 mo/4500 miles if you're driving under certain conditions (short mileage, dusty conditions, long periods of idling, towing etc).

    But my point was that I find it amusing you were belittling what is good car maintainence as being archaic based on period alone - just a few posts after you yourself raised the point of "Nine months, and how many miles?"


    Except your original post said:
    Also, I typically change mine every 6 months. Thought that was standard tbh

    You weren't just saying that you change it every 6 months because of the distance you drive, you said you thought that changing it every 6 months was standard. Which it isn't.
  • born_againborn_again
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    Ergates wrote: »
    Except your original post said:


    You weren't just saying that you change it every 6 months because of the distance you drive, you said you thought that changing it every 6 months was standard. Which it isn't.

    Unless they drive a Kia Stinger... WHICH IS THE SERVICE INTERVAL
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