As a matter of fact, I took the time to look at the monitor again and
noticed that it will run out at about 6000 miles this time. Whether
this is due to my using synthetic oil this time or that plus the fact
that the car is now pretty well broken in may have some affect on the
The monitor is supposed to adjust for the number of starts, engine
revs, heat? etc. So if one were to use an oil that's less prone to
heat breakdown, wouldn't that have some effect on the oil life
No because oil type has no bearing on any of the variables listed
First off, synthetic doesn't necessarily guarantee a better oil.
The oil monitor is not a physical monitor, it is a statistical
monitor, it doesn't know whether you're using gold plated
Pennzoil or Mrs. Butterworths pancake syrup.
This is why it is very important to make sure that the oil you
are using meets the vehicle manufacturers approvals which are
listed in the owners manual, i.e.,
GM LL-A-25, GM LL-B-25, GM4718M, GM6094M
Ford WSS-M2C934-A, WSS-M2C153-H, WSS-M2C929-A
BMW LL-98, LL-01, LL-04,
VW-Audi 502, 503, 503.01, 504, 505, 505.01, 506, 506.01
If your car calls for one of these approvals or a similar
approval and it's not listed on the bottle or the(ir) product
data sheet, you're using sub standard oil.
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