Latest oil test results

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  1. alanclarkeau

    alanclarkeau Senior Member

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    For me, it depends on the car - with a near new car under warranty, I get it done at the dealer.

    Next 3 or 4 yrs, get a logbook service done, but not necessarily at the dealer, so the book can be stamped.

    After that, I start doing my own servicing, and write in the book, keeping copies of receipts for filters, oil etc.

    When they get to 15-20+ years old, the "look at the colour of the oil" test is a good one, as in an older car this test often gets the service done sooner as it gets dirtier quicker - but in reality the car isn't worth much anyway so it's not as critical, nor will it void warranty.
     
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    That is more than what our Sable gets, and it likely sees more miles a year than your Prius. It's just an oil and filter change once a year.

    Their recommendation is likely conservative. Used oil analysis can let you determine what the actual change interval for the car, under your driving conditions, should be. This would lead to less oil used, but the costs for for the tests are too much to make the effort worthwhile for most people.

    An oil life monitoring system like GM uses is a big step forward over simply going by time and miles driven. They monitor things like temperatures and engine speeds as a proxy for determining how much stress and wear the oil is seeing.

    Keeping receipts for the oil and filters is good enough for warranty claims.
     
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    Exactly!

    Bisco, what you drinking lately?

    Damn cholesterol pills I can't drink anything when I take them.
     
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    More like this,



    Play the song 11:55 - Helpless



     
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    Might be better off without a filter if they come apart inside the canister. Luck of the draw.
     
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    bisco cookie crumbler

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    i'm on atorvistatin, no alcohol restriction. i'll drink hair tonic, if that's all there is.
     
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    Aaah yes, hair of the dog!
     
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    That is the one I got sore muscles with and had to get off it.

    Sometimes I drink wine for 10 days and go off the statins then back on the wagon for a month.
     
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    yep, me too. doc cut it to every other day, and it's much better. cholesterol in the low 200's. good cholesterol is high though, and he says that's good enough.
    of course, if i lost twenty pounds, that might solve the puzzle.
     
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    That's very easy to do here in Eng£and. :(
     
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    You easily spend more than that on a Prius. :D
     
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    not to mention quid.:cool:
     
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    Statins - that'll do it - fuzzy head and joint pain too - which doesn't go away completely after they've done their damage.
     
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    Need a ring job, complete bore out, and a flush.

    Never had a filter.
     
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