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colossus October 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

You should give year make and model becasue some vehicles reset oil life systems come on according to driving conditions.

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Hsiang T October 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm

no,
1) , if you have a car with an oil life meter. it is a more modern car designed for modern oils. I would assume that you have at least a 5000mile interval to begin with and not 3000miles (old standard).

2) If you have a car’s oil life meter is reaaally set to 3000miles, you cannot change it to 5000 miles. It is not actually sampling the oil, it is either just a fancy odometer with a different reset mechanism, or monitors some factors about the engine use and adds that up. Every car maker says you should keep the same interval even if you switch to synthetic to be on the safe side. As a result they would not have built in 2 different meters (even if it is potentially safe to do).

3) If your car’s oil life meter is really set by the factory to 3000miles, this may be because your car has a turbo or somehow a severe operating vehicle that is very hard on oil. This means that you should already have been using synthetic, and changing at 3000miles, I wouldn’t extend to 5000miles.

You should give your car’s year make and model for more information.

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