1st oil change

Discussion in 'Mechanical Problems & Technical Chat' started by rcracer, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. rcracer

    rcracer Well-Known Member

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    Location:
    Norcal
    Vehicle Model:
    Honda Civic EX-L Nav
    Body Style:
    Sedan
    when is the 1st recommended oil change done? My dealer said I don't have do it until 5k. My other car it was a required service after 500 miles :hmmm?:
  2. webby
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    there is no magic time to do the 1st. Some people swear by doing an early change - in the first 500 miles, some wait 3k, and some go purely off the maintenance minder in the dash (which could be 7k or so based on driving style). Each person you ask will have their own opinion on when you do your changes. The oil life meter does not sample your oil, or determine if it's gone bad. It monitors revolutions and calculates oil life % left. They say to change it at 15% oil life left. You're not going to hurt the car by changing it prior to that. There are individuals who submitted their oil for analysis after 10k miles, and they were instructed to go 12k miles on their next change and report back. (granted those intervals were after their initial oil change - links below for examples)

    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2039741
    here is an 05 civic si with a 10k mile interval change on penzoil platinum.

    another 10k mile interval
    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1710108
    penzoil platinum

    Mobil 1 5w20 9300 miles Honda Civic Si K20A3
    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=818480&fpart=1

    0w-20 - 02 Honda Civic Si K20A3, 10k miles
    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=240214&page=1
  3. rcracer

    rcracer Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    19
    Location:
    Norcal
    Vehicle Model:
    Honda Civic EX-L Nav
    Body Style:
    Sedan
    thanks for the quick response. I do my own oil change, I'm thinking of doing the first one at a 1000 just coz I'm anal retentive. After that every 3k should be fine.
    KennyGS likes this.

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