"the answer" was posted only three days ago. so, you're not asking a
"legitimate" question otherwise you'd have posted in the other thread.
just like you're ignoring other posters but being confrontational with
I faced this issue myself with my '94 Accord because its Owner's Manual
says something about changing oil at every 3,750 miles or 3 months under
"severe" conditions, whichever happens sooner. From the way "severe"
conditions are defined, practically every driving qualifies for it. So I
just ignore the 3 month interval and go with the milage intervals,
figuring the newer and better oils can take the longer time interval
with the Honda filters. Well, if not, at least I'll have a good excuse
getting a new car. The current one more than served its purpose already.
But a new car would probably not be a Honda again but a Subaru.
I am not sure what is in the manual for a 1994 Accord, but more recent
manuals have tried to counteract the idea that normal sorts of usage qualify
as severe. The 1997 Civic Manual says:
The "normal" schedule is fine for most drivers, even if
they occasionally drive in severe conditions.
Follow the "severe" schedule only if you drive in one or
more of these conditions most of the time:
Trips of less than 5 miles (less than 10 in
Extremely hot weather (over 90 degrees F)
Extensive idling or stop-and-go driving
Trailer towing, car-top carrier, or mountain
Muddy, dusty, or de-iced roads
In the manual, "most of the time" is italicized for emphasis.
I agree the phrase "most of the time" is subject to interpertation, I
believe few people actually qualify (well except if you ask at Jiffy Lube).
Calling 90 degrees extremely hot is a joke, at leaat in the US, but it is
the one condition in the list I come close to meeting. But even if you live
in a moderately hot climate, how often do you drive when the temeprature is
above 90 over the course of a three month period. Usually when I drive to
work it is below 90, even on days that are truly extremely hot (>95). And
when I return home, it often also below 90 on such days. So I doubt I
actually qualify. I think my ex-wife qualified for the severe service
schedule, at least in the Summer (she never left the house before ten, never
drove very far, never used the highway and always left the car idling to
keep the A/C running) but most people I know don't.
More modern Hondas use a smart maintenance indicator, so you don't have to
worry about the severe schedule nonsense.
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