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View Poll Results: For your DP, how often do you change oil/filters
I drive less than 6K miles/year...change it annually anyway 12 21.43%
I drive less than 6K miles/year...change it every 2 years 6 10.71%
I change oil/filters every year regardless of miles 32 57.14%
I drive a lot. Change oil/filters every 5K miles 2 3.57%
I drive a lot. Change oil/filters every 10K miles 2 3.57%
I drive a lot. Change oil/filters every 15K miles. 2 3.57%
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:36 PM   #1
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POLL -- Oil and Filter changes on DPs

If the poll was public, then we'd all claim to change our DP oil/filters every month or so so how about a clandestine poll in hopes that we can learn how the real world does it?
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:28 PM   #2
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I'm kinda in flux on this one.

I do fluid analysis and while under a service contract I PROBABLY will stick with the annual oil change. However, once I get beyond that I will seriously consider oil, tranny and coolant changes based on analysis.

Mileage wise I am in the close to 6000 miles a year group.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:53 AM   #3
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First full year with a dp. I did oil and filter change. And, fuel filter changes. Greased chassis. Lubed pac brake. Checked air filter, air dryer filter, and did the generator. Checked other fluid levels. Big job! I'll be a bit more experienced next time.


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Old 10-07-2014, 11:15 AM   #4
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I am picking up tonight from truck country. Had them do the entire 12 month pm checklist. We drive 5-6,000 miles per year.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:25 AM   #5
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I selected once a year, regardless of miles. But that is because I typically drive less then 15K a year. When I hit 15K miles, I would change them at that point.

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Old 10-07-2014, 11:45 AM   #6
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I'm with Smitty77. Anything over 10k miles and/or one year is ready for a oil/filter change. So far 160k plus on the rig and still going strong. Although every time I look at the rig, I find a new place that needs lube. The toad is on a 3k plan.
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My is 6 years old with a little over 16,000 miles and it gets oil and filter changed every year before winterizing. So that's less than 3,000 between changes.
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We now travel about 6-7k per year (used to be much more) but always change oil and fuel filters annually. I use fluid analysis on the synthetic tranny fluid, though, and am still running the original (10 years now). Tranny filters get changed every 2-3 years. I ran the coolant longer than the recommended 5 years but keep the additives up to snuff.

I have considered using analysis on the engine oil, but would have to change the filter anyway and that loses some oil too, so the $$ benefit of analysis vs change seems marginal. I do my own oil changes, so I have peace of mind with fresh oil & filter at moderate cost (about $100).
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Just picked up our first DP, an 08 HR Ambassador. On the advice of my diesel mechanic I will be changing oil once a year even though we wont see anywhere close to 10K miles.


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I change my own once a year no matter the miles. We run 7-8 thousand per year.
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