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Oil Change Interval

I realize there has been many threads started regarding how many miles you should get between oil changes and of course if you should have a catch can or not but....

My question is regarding oil change intervals when you DON'T reach 3,000 miles within 6 months.

I understand with normal mineral based oils you should probably change the oil every 6 months due to break down of the oil from gasoline blow bye and / or moisture condensation within the oil system. But what about the synthetic oils? Do these follow the same 6 month change interval, regardless of mileage?

I am asking as I know little about the synthetic oils other than that they cost more and provide better lubrication.

Anyway, give me your thoughts :-)
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With synthetic, I was told by my mechanic that the 6 month rule does not apply. Unless the car has been in non operating mode for a while.


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So HEMIZSP, if what you were told is true, it might make much better sense for us "weekend drivers" to run more expensive synthetic oil and only change it once a year (assuming you only drive around 5,000 miles per year or so)?
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I have done yearly oil changes in some cars that I rarely drove. I would not push it much more than that though as the oil can gel up. And that is based on mineral oil too.

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So HEMIZSP, if what you were told is true, it might make much better sense for us "weekend drivers" to run more expensive synthetic oil and only change it once a year (assuming you only drive around 5,000 miles per year or so)?
I have been thinking of this very thing! I am going to ave 5000 a year (as this is what I did in 2012) so ..... I might have to think about synthetic!
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Actually I bought my car 9 months ago and I only put on 2400 miles so far. But I plan to change it at 3k miles. Just because its the first oil change. But then again you can only put synthetic in the 392. I plan on changing it every 3k. That's once a year. Just to be on the safe side.


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I have been thinking of this very thing! I am going to ave 5000 a year (as this is what I did in 2012) so ..... I might have to think about synthetic!
If you do 5k a year, just do the synthetic and change it once year. I would not let it go past one year even if you gonna do UP to 8-9k miles.


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Try finding the answer on this motor oil forum. They have LOTS of information here, all you ever needed to know about oil, and then some!
Wow, you are not kidding about LOTS of info. Have not found my answer yet but did find a lot of other good info.
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I'm doing mine every six months regardless of mileage.
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