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Author Topic: Oil change intervals  (Read 391 times)

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Oil change intervals
« on: December 08, 2020, 06:16:20 PM »
Hello, friends!

I do lots of short journeys (school runs, short trips to Tesco and so on) and was wondering how often, in the view of all you experienced and technically minded experts, I should change my oil.

I have the 1.9 Tdi engine in my Alhamb and I use Triple QX fully synthetic oil from Euros (I stock up when it’s on offer he he).

Thank you all.

 [THANX]
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline brianh

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2020, 07:46:59 PM »
I change mine when the oil change due message comes up on the centre display. I think thats every 9000 miles on the petrol engine (Same is recommened on both types of engine anyway). Haynes recommends every 6 months or 5000 miles, which seems excessive to me though might be more justified with lots of short journeys and cold running (not what I tend to do personally though).

Castrol appears to recommend 15000km or 1 year between changes - roughly 9300 miles between changes.

Changing it more frequently won't do any harm obviously, but is wasteful of resources and costs money.

Using a decent branded filter is just as important though at the same time.

Offline johnnyroper

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2020, 08:25:21 PM »
Doing short journeys especially in a diesel the oil doesn’t really get hot enough for long enough to burn off condensation. With your driving I would be looking at annual oil change or 6-7k personally.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2020, 11:02:25 PM »
Thank you both.

You’re right, the car often doesn’t get up to full operating temperature so I was thinking maybe an oil change every 6 months which in my case is about every 5,000 miles. Rumour has it that short journeys are really hard on the oil and so more frequent changes are needed, presumably for exactly the reasons mentioned here, i.e. condensation soaking into the oil.

The oil filter on the Alhamb is in such a nice convenient place, what a well designed engine!
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2020, 11:30:24 PM »
It's somewhat worse on petrol engines as you can get a significant amount of fuel ending up in there from short runs from cold. Might be a good idea to choose your time to change it to be when the weather starts to warm up so you get rid of any condensation for as long as possible.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2020, 05:50:13 PM »
Hehe, yes that was my thinking exactly, it is almost as if you have read my mind Brian! I was thinking of doing the oil change at the end of January, sort of once the worst of the winter is out of the way but not so early that I drive all the way through the winter with the water content of the oil built up too much towards the end of the winter.

So much wisdom and good advice here

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I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline Stevie t

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2020, 09:31:39 AM »
Well I've had a PD engine for the last 12 years or so 10 yrs with a Passat and just over 2 in the Alhambra and i always use longlife but still change about every 8000 mls just to be on the safe side.I know the interval is around  6k on normal oil but wouldnt leave it to 12k with longlife. I covered 70k of 245k on the Passat and about 20k of 112k on the Bamy with no engine problems at all.I know there's been some pooh pooing about using longlife in an older engine but it seems to have worked well for me.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2020, 10:50:46 AM »
Sensible advice as always, the benefits of a regular oil change just can't be underestimated. I've noticed that all the high-mileage cars tend to be owned by people who change their oil twice a year... plus it's so easy to do on these well-designed engines!
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2020, 10:42:03 AM »
Quick update, I did the oil change yesterday using Triple QX oil and a Mann filter. The car had done 5,500 miles since its last oil change in June. It is starting to get rainy and cold out so I thought I would grab the opportunity to do it while it's still not too bad out there. I always feel so much better knowing the car has good clean oil in it.

Also, each time I do an oil change I have just under a litre or so of oil left over. I've been collecting the leftovers and soon there will be enough for a whole new oil change using just the leftovers! However does anybody know how long it is OK to keep the leftovers for, or do they go bad after a while? If they go bad, then I think I might use them for the lawnmower instead.

Thank you.
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Offline brianh

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2020, 11:46:22 AM »
I tend to use any remainder first and let the excess be left in the new can. Provided you keep it uncontaminated and sealed (with the cap in a closed container rather than an open jug or similar) you should be fine. I'm using oil brought when it was cheap 5 years ago (brought 5 x 20 litre tubs of Valvoline when they were being cleared out of ecp at something like £25) onto the last one now and it's still fine.

Offline SirDavidAlhambra

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2020, 12:32:53 PM »
What a superb idea! Use the leftovers from last time first, then whatever you're left with on the shelf (building up as leftovers) is never more than 1 oil change old (in my case, no more than 6 months old because I do oil changes every 6 months)!

So much smart advice on here. Thank you brian!

I think I will start doing it that way with effect from my very next oil change!

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I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

 

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