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#21 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 06:49 PM
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My dealer also gave me some free oil changes so I'll probably bring it in at about 1000 miles to get rid of the break in oil.

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Oil plugs are usually magnetized to pull the metal down and keep them there. Also there are after market magnets that you can slap around oil filters to do the same.
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I love chatting about oil....can you tell by my Avatar? LOL!!

I will be switching to Amsoil's Signature Series synthetic after I hit 1000 miles in my Trailhawk. With the high amount of ZDDP (zinc and phosphorus) additive in Amsoil's Signature Series synthetic oil, you can go 1 year or 10,000 miles (actually longer but Jeep won't recommend that) safely and confidently in your Cherokee before the oil needs changing again. Just remember to keep the manufactures recommended viscosity, 0W/20 or 5W/20, depending on your engine.


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Oilslick, I have a question about frequency of oil changes. After my initial oil change which I probably will get done at about 1000 miles to get rid of the break in oil, should I strictly follow the Cherokees oil change indicator? I don't drive as much as others, being retired. I may only put 3000 - 4000 miles a year on my vehicle. The oil change indicator might only tell me to change my oil every year and a half. Isn't that kind of a long time to keep the same oil in the engine? What do you think, follow the indicator even if the time interval is long or change it yearly? Thanks, Don

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Oilslick, I have a question about frequency of oil changes. After my initial oil change which I probably will get done at about 1000 miles to get rid of the break in oil, should I strictly follow the Cherokees oil change indicator? I don't drive as much as others, being retired. I may only put 3000 - 4000 miles a year on my vehicle. The oil change indicator might only tell me to change my oil every year and a half. Isn't that kind of a long time to keep the same oil in the engine? What do you think, follow the indicator even if the time interval is long or change it yearly? Thanks, Don
Personally, with my other vehicles, I never have and don't go by the oil change indicator. I'd suggest to follow Jeep's recommendation (in the owner's manual) and don't go over 1 year or 10,000 miles (whichever comes first).

And I personally would not go over 6 months or 7500 miles if you use conventional oil. But that's only my opinion.

If you're really concerned, there are a few companies that do oil analysis on your used oil. This will tell you if your oil can go longer intervals inside of your engine plus the levels of particles (good and bad) in your engine's oil.

Ex: http://www.oaitesting.com/



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Meh, maybe I'm paranoid...I donno, but I never go over 3K miles on an oil change.
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Checked mine yesterday with 2500 miles on it. 2 quarts low. Just to keep that one in mind! :-)

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Checked mine yesterday with 2500 miles on it. 2 quarts low. Just to keep that one in mind! :-)
Holy crap. That is insane. I know ALL vehicles burn SOME oil, but I've never heard of 2 quarts in 2500 miles.
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I'm chalking it up to the following:
Probably wasn't at "full" when I received it.
Extra cold here lately

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Holy crap. That is insane. I know ALL vehicles burn SOME oil, but I've never heard of 2 quarts in 2500 miles.
Actually, most manufacturers claim that using 1 quart of oil in 1K miles is normal.

And yes, the oil in my TH was 2/3 qt. low when I received it. It wasn't below the bottom line in the dip stick but just a hair above it. Looks like Chrysler is trying to save a few $ and not fill them to the top.

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