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Old 04-14-2011, 04:59 PM
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Oil change at 3,500 miles??

My GC (Hemi) is telling me (via the EVIC) that the oil needs to be changed. It happended at 3,500 miles. The manual states 8,000 miles. What gives??
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

New engine get dirty fast.....
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:18 PM
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

The maximum interval is 8000 miles. Depending on how you drive, the computer could select the "severe duty" schedule of 4000 miles, resulting in an oil change message at 3500 miles.
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

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The maximum interval is 8000 miles. Depending on how you drive, the computer could select the "severe duty" schedule of 4000 miles, resulting in an oil change message at 3500 miles.
I do not use the GC in what I would call "Severe duty". ABout 1,500 of the 3,500 has been highway miles. The rest is trips of 4-10 miles at speeds around 35 + or -. No off roading or towing.
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

Reset the evic and change it at an interval you think is appropriate.
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I do not use the GC in what I would call "Severe duty". ABout 1,500 of the 3,500 has been highway miles. The rest is trips of 4-10 miles at speeds around 35 + or -. No off roading or towing.
"Severe Duty" is usually much less severe than most people would think. You would think that the average driver would be on the normal maintenance interval, but that usually falls more into what is termed "severe duty" due to short trip lengths, city driving, etc.

I've not seen any criteria stating exactly what triggers the different schedule (beyond the usual trip length, manner of driving, etc. in very general terms). It would be nice to know why some folks are getting the reminder at 3500 miles and others get it at 7500 miles, but I don't think anybody has ever disclosed that.

My own WK2 seems to have me on the 8000 mile intervals, which is odd, since my own driving tends to be mostly more city/suburb than highway. I was expecting it to trigger earlier, but it isn't.
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

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Reset the evic and change it at an interval you think is appropriate.
Funny, I got an alert at about 3,800 miles but it went away in a while without me resetting it. I think I'll do the first change at 6,000 or 8,000 miles.
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

Short 10 miles trips each day is considered severe duty. If that is the majority of the 2,500 miles I can see the EVIC calling for a change.
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

My dealer told me the first oil change alert would be at 3500 miles,then the computer would decide the next one on driving style.
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

My Jeep told me that i need oil change after i did the oil change so ....i don't know if the computer is right
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

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I do not use the GC in what I would call "Severe duty". ABout 1,500 of the 3,500 has been highway miles. The rest is trips of 4-10 miles at speeds around 35 + or -. No off roading or towing.
That kind of short trip cycle is very hard on an engine and is a good reason for shorter oil change intervals.
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Re: Oil change at 3,500 miles??

My dealer service mgr. said first change s/b at about 2500 miles, but no sooner.
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