No. Don't get into recreational oil changing.
Look up the Ford dealer near the college and print out a coupon for an
oil change and clip it to two $20 bills, i.e.
Also teach the child-unit how to avoid the inevitable up-sell at the dealer.
If he or she asks around at college, someone probably knows a decent
place for an oil change.
Unless the kids is living in a house that the parents bought for them,
it's unlikely that the dorm or apartment or house that they're living in
permits tenants to do oil changes.
My daughter is off to college next month. At the money we're spending
she needs to be studying, not changing oil.
When my kids were in school they didn't let them do laundry in the dorm much
less change oil in the parking lot.
Two went to the coin laundry, did their wash and studied (?). The other
started a 'fluff and fold' operation in the same coin laundry.
He had other services he performed for money and did not require a dime from
his mother or me.
As to your daughter .... lets see: Get in car start engine drive to
I-Can-Lube Shop (or local equilivant) sit in waiting room (study or read old
magazines, pay bill and drive back to dorm.
Is the garage owner behind on payments for his boat? Unless the car has only
been driven short distances, I would definitely not change the oil until it gets
to 69,500 mi (a 5,000 mi interval - consistent with your manual).
How many miles in that 6 months? The "6 months or 5000 miles" idea is
really intended for super low mileage where the car is only driven a few
miles a day at relatively low speeds, so the oil ends up getting a lot
of moisture in it. If it's going to be driven sufficiently, including
occasional freeway driving, then going over 6 months is not an issue.
I remember having a car in college. When I drove to campus, rather than
riding my bike, it was only a few miles, with maybe one 650 mile trip
every 3 months to go home between quarters. Back then people did 3000
mile oil changes, but no one does that anymore.
Your next oil change is due at about 70,000, that gives you 5500 miles on
oil that can easily surpass 7000 miles.
You could look in the Owner's Manual and confirm the change interval they
suggest is about 7500, and then rest assured that you do not need an oil
change until 70,000 miles roll around. You can really go to 72,000 if Ford
says that 7500 is a good change interval. If you use Full Synthetic, then
you can let the oil stay in longer and still be comfortable that it is
actually lubricating stuff inside the engine.
We've been through this too many times, Jeff. Yes, read your owner's
manual. If it SAYS you can use synthetic oil and change whenever,
then you can do that if you want to. If not, you can use dino oil and
change that per schedule.
The freaking risk is yours. Oil is cheap.
I caught my daughter with her car empty of oil, and her excuse was
that she added some last year. Kids are different animals.
BTY, she had to help me change out the engine in that car. It was
a great father-daughter experience.
Sorry, but I'm not getting the parallel between doing an oil change at 5,000
or 7,500, or whenever, and driving around with no oil in the car. These are
not parallel topics.
Oil is a natural resource that the world is running out of. Engineers go to
great pains to make the oil we use today last far longer than the oil your
grandpa used in his day. There is no reason to change the oil in any modern
automobile in under 7,500 miles. There are some cars that have a 15,000 oil
change interval. But no matter what the change interval is, letting the oil
level drop to the point where the motor locks up is an entirely different
If the car is going through a quart of oil every thousand miles AND you are
staying on top of it, I'd go so far as to suggest that you could spend the
rest of your ownership of the vehicle without doing an oil change. You are
constantly adding a quart, if the car holds 5 quarts then you are changing
all of them in 5,000 miles. Buy a new filter a few times a year, but the oil
flows through fast enough that it is always fresh enough to do the work it
is expected to do.
It doesn't really matter if there is a week's worth or a million years. The
issue is, there is only so much and we should use it wisely, not foolishly.
If the engineers can blend the stuff so it has a 10,000 mile life span, then
one should not pour it out after 3,000 miles and start with a fresh bottle.
Leave it in for the rated life so we get as much bang-for-the-buck as we can
with the resources that we have.
I'm not a tree hugger or anything. And I have no qualms about buying oil
from the Middle East. My issues are more global in that there is only so
much of it so we should not waste it. I'm sure that whatever we have will
last longer than I will, but that does not mean I should be a poor steward
of the resources that come my way.
Motor oil once had a short life of about 3,000 to 5,000 miles and it was
pretty much done doing what it does. They make motor oil today much
differently than when the stuff was worn out in 3k to 5k miles. Now it is
known to last in some engines for more than 15,000 miles -- my 2000 BMW
carries 7 quarts of oil, and the car calculates the next change interval
based upon the driving profile, and that change interval can be as much as
15,525 miles. The actual interval will be shorter if the car takes short
trips and does not get up to full temp because this sort of driving profile
is bad for the oil so the car shortens the change interval accordingly. If
the car always takes long trips at freeway speeds, then the full 15,525
miles will be logged before the change interval light comes on. But
whatever. It is wasteful to change the oil at 3,000 miles, and less wasteful
to do so at 5,000 miles, and most cars sold these days call for a change
interval of 7,500 to 10,000 for a 5-quart capacity engine.
Several things feed into the life of the oil, heat being high on the list.
If the oil capacity is high, then the heat will be lower and the oil will
last longer. If the capacity is low then the heat will be high and the life
will be shorter. Of course, there are other factors that mitigate that rule.
The chemical composition of the oil will have an affect on the life, but
generally the current API Grade SM or higher will give a useful life of
about 7,500 miles or more. Far more than 3,000 miles. And Full Synthetic
will always have a longer service life than dinosaur oil, so if one is
changing synthetic at 3,000 miles, he is wasting both resources and money.
ummmm....the standard Prius *is* a pure gasoline car. Nothing more.
The *only* source of energy put into the car to make it go is gasoline.
The Prius couldn't be farther from an "alternative to IC engines".
What did YOU think the Prius is? An electric car??
The plug-in Prius and the Volt are a bit different; they can take a
source of energy that isn't gasoline and use it. But then they switch
to gasoline when that runs out, so they're not "alternatives" either
unless you never run them more than a handful of miles at a time between
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