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Old 02-26-2016, 06:56 AM   #1
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When to change oil.

I change my oil once per year on Diesel engine. I do this in the fall of the year but was wondering if spring would be a better time as I put must of the miles on in the winter months. Or am I over thinking this?

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Old 02-26-2016, 07:04 AM   #2
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I always change mine just before we settle down for the winter. Don't like the idea of dirty oil sitting while we're stationary for 4 to 5 mos.
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I think you might be over thinking it. My owners manual says change it at 15K or one year and doesn't mention anything about when that should be. We use ours more in the winter so it's irrelevant here in the south. I don't think dirty oil hurts anything sitting in the bottom of an oil pan for the winter, but waiting to spring isn't going to get you anything extra either.
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:18 AM   #4
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I agree with Ramets.

You can let your the coach sit for months with dirty oil or sit with clean oil. Which one sounds like the better idea?

You should change your oil before a long period of storage.
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I agree with Ramets.

You can let your the coach sit for months with dirty oil or sit with clean oil. Which one sounds like the better idea?

You should change your oil before a long period of storage.
Of course you could turn that around and say, what would be better, starting off in the Spring with fresh clean oil, or oil that has been sitting all Winter sucking up water!

Bottom line: I believe you are overthinking this as well! The most important point is to change you oil!
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It is not the dirty oil in the pan they were worrying about. It is the byproducts of combustion that causes the problems. according to the "experts" the acids can etch the bearings and do other damage to the engine.
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I think you might be over thinking it. My owners manual says change it at 15K or one year and doesn't mention anything about when that should be. We use ours more in the winter so it's irrelevant here in the south. I don't think dirty oil hurts anything sitting in the bottom of an oil pan for the winter, but waiting to spring isn't going to get you anything extra either.

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It is not the dirty oil in the pan they were worrying about. It is the byproducts of combustion that causes the problems. according to the "experts" the acids can etch the bearings and do other damage to the engine.
Exactly. Fresh oil has none of these acidic byproducts in it yet, therefore it protects the engine's innards during storage better than dirty, acidic oil.
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Correct, store with fresh oil. I change every fall before storage as recommended.

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Call me crazy but I change my oil every other year and use a high quality NAPA oil filter. I send in a sample to Blackstone labs yearly. Their recommendations are what I base that on. Worth the $25 for the savings. I only average 3000 miles a year.
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Change the oil in all our low annual mileage stuff once year in my birthday month. Motorhome, jeep, old truck, garden tractor, etc. live in SoCal so no storage factor - use the stuff year round.
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Probably over-thinking it.

However, I just saw a Freightliner Custom Chassis recommendation to do the oil change before putting the rig in winter storage. The rationale seems to be that it is better to let it sit with clean oil than [possibly] dirty or acidic oil coating everything. But you aren't storing yours, right? You put miles on it in the winter? If so, it seems to be 6 of one and half-dozen of the other...
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Call me crazy but I change my oil every other year and use a high quality NAPA oil filter. I send in a sample to Blackstone labs yearly. Their recommendations are what I base that on. Worth the $25 for the savings. I only average 3000 miles a year.
Ditto on above
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I change oil based on analysis. Last change interval was about 28 months. Oil still tested good, but the tbn changed enough to say it's time. Generator changed yearly as I don't analyze that motor oil. Agree that subject is over thought. When is the last time you heard of an engine failure due to oil?


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