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Waking up your truck from winters slumber
#1261863 Sun Apr 08 2018 12:36 PM
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Hey all,

I have a generic opinion question. When beginning the spring/summer/fall driving season, how do you address engine oil changes? It appears there are two general philosophies: change engine oil at the beginning of the driving season or change oil at end of the season.
My old truck never gets enough miles on it annually to change oil by mileage, but by the calendar, so I would like to hear what you all think.

Last edited by Paul_WNC; Sun Apr 08 2018 12:37 PM.
Re: Waking up your truck from winters slumber
Paul_WNC #1261866 Sun Apr 08 2018 01:15 PM
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i change the oil at the end of the season, then crank it over w/o ignition to circulate the fresh stuff. then let it sit for the winter and its ready to go in the spring. I don't think the oil deteriorates while in storage for a few months - fresh oil sitting in a dark oil pan isn't much different from fresh oil sitting in an opaque bottle in my opinion...

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Paul_WNC #1261868 Sun Apr 08 2018 01:36 PM
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Why are you changing oil every year? I'm a mechanic and am really interested in the answer.


1961 ford f500
1953 3100 five window (https://www.facebook.com/1953-Chevrolet-5-window-1533405913413610/)
1955-2 3200 big window (https://www.facebook.com/Leep3200/)
55yrs as a mechanic and retired. (kind of)
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Paul_WNC #1261869 Sun Apr 08 2018 01:59 PM
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Paul, I do as tomctomc describes

LeeP, for cheap insurance that some impurities and possible acidity might be lessened/removed - maybe for a little longer engine/bearings life.

Mostly because it make me feel good and maybe gives good karma. "Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness."

This perhaps unnecessary but possibly helpful action/maintenance costs less than $20.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
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1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Waking up your truck from winters slumber
Paul_WNC #1261870 Sun Apr 08 2018 02:08 PM
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Oh.. I see. Well its always a good thing to keep clean oil in an engine. I have seen quite a few differing approaches to engine wear over the years.


1961 ford f500
1953 3100 five window (https://www.facebook.com/1953-Chevrolet-5-window-1533405913413610/)
1955-2 3200 big window (https://www.facebook.com/Leep3200/)
55yrs as a mechanic and retired. (kind of)
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Paul_WNC #1261873 Sun Apr 08 2018 02:15 PM
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Lee, it gives us an excuse to work on our trucks. drive


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Paul_WNC #1261874 Sun Apr 08 2018 02:18 PM
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There's an old adage that pretty well sums it up- - - - - -"Oil is cheaper than engine parts!" We changed oil in the race engines once a week, and used the oil we drained out in our daily drivers. Of course, one of our sponsors was the local gasoline/oil/diesel fuel distributor and he dropped off a case of Valvoline racing oil about twice a month.
Jerry


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Paul_WNC #1261888 Sun Apr 08 2018 04:00 PM
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I believe in changing the oil when I put my trucks and car away for winter storage.


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Re: Waking up your truck from winters slumber
Paul_WNC #1261892 Sun Apr 08 2018 04:19 PM
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Yeah my wife likes to change shoes that way. dance
I don't really don't have any comment or opinion on doing oil changes that often, But as said above gives an excuse to work on them.


1961 ford f500
1953 3100 five window (https://www.facebook.com/1953-Chevrolet-5-window-1533405913413610/)
1955-2 3200 big window (https://www.facebook.com/Leep3200/)
55yrs as a mechanic and retired. (kind of)
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Paul_WNC #1261893 Sun Apr 08 2018 04:39 PM
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I change my oil in the fall and in the spring but I use my '48 all winter long.


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