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Old 08-22-2019, 02:20 PM   #1
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How Do You Count Your Miles for Servicing Your Toad?

We have a little Ford Fiesta that we flat tow behind our MH. It only has about 1500 miles on the odometer now, but almost all of those miles are from being towed with the engine off and the transmission (manuel five speed) in neutral. So what do you do to keep track of actual operating miles so that you keep on schedule with servicing your toad's engine?
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We have a little Ford Fiesta that we flat tow behind our MH. It only has about 1500 miles on the odometer now, but almost all of those miles are from being towed with the engine off and the transmission (manuel five speed) in neutral. So what do you do to keep track of actual operating miles so that you keep on schedule with servicing your toad's engine?
Your little Ford registers miles while being towed? About 99.99999 of the toads out there do not. If yours does, well, while it's gonna be a bit of a pain in the ….., you'll have to record towed mileage and driving mileage and separate them. Then, the driven mileage will be your guide.
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I reset the trip odometer on my mh at the start of each trip and record mileage at the end of the trip. My Jeep has been towed 55,419 miles and driven 50,420. I use total miles for some maintenance.
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Yeah, surprised it actually rolls miles. My Hyundai Elantra sport does not but I use the trip mileage in the coach to track “towed” miles.

I’m going to use that number for tire rotations and other maintenance regardless of what the odometer actually has.
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We have a little Ford Fiesta that we flat tow behind our MH. It only has about 1500 miles on the odometer now, but almost all of those miles are from being towed with the engine off and the transmission (manuel five speed) in neutral. So what do you do to keep track of actual operating miles so that you keep on schedule with servicing your toad's engine?

My first couple of times towing, my Mercury Mariner hybrid recorded miles, however I discovered I was turning the key too far.....it wasn’t obvious, but there are two positions....the first one “acc” for accessories...unlocks steering (the position recommended for towing), and the second, “on”, which towed fine, except recorded miles.

Maybe your situation is similar ?
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I tow a F-150 and once I left the ignition switch on , engine not running and it accrued miles. Proper way is to make sure the switch is off and it will not register miles. I've towed this one about 35,000 miles and only that one time when I messed up, did mileage register. Prior to that I towed a Range and it also did not register miles unless the ignition was on.
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I use Mobil 1 once a year and also have tires rotated. Dave
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I keep track of toad miles to rotate the tires and change the transmission fluid. All other maintenance is off the toad's odometer.
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My toad odometer doesn't register miles when towing. However, I keep track of them for maintenance purposes. Suspension, wheel bearings, tires, front end alignment, and transmission fluid are items that accumulate miles.
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Change the engine oil and filter every fall. Change transmission fluid every two years.
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On my Honda CR-V, the odometer doesn't count the towed miles. There is another system that tells you what % of oil life you have left. The dealer says to change the oil sometime after it's down to 20% or below, which is normally around 6500+ miles. Last time around after towing last year and an Arizona trip, the 20% came up well before 6500 miles was registered. Leads me to suspect the % reading registers towed and driven miles while the odometer only registers the driven miles. Will be watching this closer this year.
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On my Honda CR-V, the odometer doesn't count the towed miles. There is another system that tells you what % of oil life you have left. The dealer says to change the oil sometime after it's down to 20% or below, which is normally around 6500+ miles. Last time around after towing last year and an Arizona trip, the 20% came up well before 6500 miles was registered. Leads me to suspect the % reading registers towed and driven miles while the odometer only registers the driven miles. Will be watching this closer this year.

These smart oil minders usually take into account outside temperature, amount of idle time, and speed driven, etc the theory being high speed in hot conditions, or low speed in cold conditions, etc constitutes “severe service” which will require more frequent oil changes.
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On my Honda CR-V, the odometer doesn't count the towed miles. There is another system that tells you what % of oil life you have left. The dealer says to change the oil sometime after it's down to 20% or below, which is normally around 6500+ miles. Last time around after towing last year and an Arizona trip, the 20% came up well before 6500 miles was registered. Leads me to suspect the % reading registers towed and driven miles while the odometer only registers the driven miles. Will be watching this closer this year.

Due to being very busy I pushed my Honda toad over 1000 miles over the system's reminder. I was a bit concerned about it so I took an oil sample and had it analysed by Blackstone Labs. They came back with a report that said I easily could had gone another 2,000 miles before an oil change.
That was using a regular dino oil and not synthetic.
Another 2,000 miles would had pushed it to around 10,000.
To say that I was shocked would be an understatement.
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Due to being very busy I pushed my Honda toad over 1000 miles over the system's reminder. I was a bit concerned about it so I took an oil sample and had it analysed by Blackstone Labs. They came back with a report that said I easily could had gone another 2,000 miles before an oil change.j
That was using a regular dino oil and not synthetic.
Another 2,000 miles would had pushed it to around 10,000.
To say that I was shocked would be an understatement.
I take from this that it doesn't take much to shock you.
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