Service intervals : distance vs time elapsed
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    Default Service intervals : distance vs time elapsed

    Service intervals are usually specified after a certain distance or time elapsed, "whichever occurs first". Does this mean if I travel only say 6,000km per year, that I have to change the oil regularly anyway? What is the difference between the oil sitting in the sump or in a can on the shelf?

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    Its the moisture that gets absorbed into the oil.

    The by products of combustion and water will make sulfuric acid and start eating away at engine components.

    So its a good idea if you don't do enough Km's that you change you oil on time.

    Lets face it oil and filters are cheap compared to engines and transmissions. Its cheap insurance to change the oil at regular intervals as stated in the cars handbook.
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    Thank you COL for that very sensible and logical explanation. I suppose I will have to change oil and filter again soon, although the ODO still has 5000km to travel. However, having to take the front wheel off always provides the opportunity to check the brake pads for wear.

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