I'm a newbie car owner so excuse my dumbass question please. I just
got my oil changed and the Valvoline shop showed me the stick with
dirty oil and recommended a $40 cleaner of some kind saying that my
oil looked extra dirty. I balked and refused.
My last oil change was in late September thus I went about 6 months
(only 3000 miles) between the oil change. I know I pushed it a bit
there...and I live in Wisconsin.
Question: is this normal for dirty oil like this? Is it because I
waited 6 months?
I have a1995 Maxima. I chnage the oil and filter every 5000KM or so.
I don't use additives in the oil or gas, but I had the oil system flushed
At 183,000KM, the oil is still golden when I change it these days. I susgest
that a flushing is the better way to go.
They are trying to sell you snake oil... you did the right thing in
turning down their "offer".
You should, however, change oil more often. 6 months of Wisconsin
winter is really hard on your engine... and at only 500 miles a month,
you don't seem to be driving it enough to heat up the oil long enough
to cook off volatile condensates. In your case, the 3 month schedule
It is perfectly normal for oil to look very dirty... sometimes within
a few hundred miles after an oil change. That's why you can't judge
based on the appearance and you should follow a schedule (3-5 K miles,
On 10 Apr 2004 09:42:17 -0700, email@example.com (M) wrote:
BE GOOD TO YOUR MAX! Change the oil regularly! It's the most important
thing you can to for her. And remember this! Things of beauty, grace and
speed are commonly referred to in the feminine gender. Treat her like a
lady and she'll continue to give you the ride of your life.
I second that...Be good to your Max!!!!!!!!
I have a 1999 GLE with 139,000 and have run Mobil 1 oil and filter
since day one. I change the oil every 7,000 miles or so and my Max
purrs like a kitten. I also change it myself. I don't trust those
quickie lube places to handle my girl. From start to finish the oil
change takes less then 20 minutes and I have the piece of mind knowing
I put in quality products and did the job correctly.
Treat your Max right and she will run for many, many, many miles. My
goal is to put at least 500,000 miles on her. My accountant owns a
1980s Max with over 450,000 miles on the original engine and I met a
guy the other day while getting gas that has a 1997 with 254,000
miles. The only thing he has done was replace the alternator around
200,000. The secret to both....maintainence and using quality
products. Happy driving!!
Nothing against synthetic oil, but this longevity is due to the
excellent design and build quality of Nissan engines. You could put the
cheapest store brand oil you can find and cheapo Fram filters on them
every 10K, and they will still run forever. I know because I've seen
many customers do it. They are damn near bullet proof.
Racer X wrote:
Jim could well be correct for all I know, but to me the added expense
of synthetic is little price to pay for peace of mind in knowing I'm
treating my "girl" right.
Speaking of doing it yourself, I have always changed my own oil --
except for the last oil change. I had the car into the dealer because
it was knocking a bit under hard acceleration and I figured that since
I was shelling out the bucks I might as well splurge and have them
change the oil. I was wrong in thinking that cost was the only factor
associated with this choice, as I discovered last night when I went to
change the oil myself. Turns out the dealer mechanic was some kind of
ham-fisted ape man who torqued the living SH*$ out of the filter and
drain plug. I finally managed to loosen both, but the experience
certainly validates the opion of Racer X.
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