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oil changes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by wirenut, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 529

    how many miles between oil & filter changes do you guys go, and does anyone go by hrs?
    me i still do 3000 or if the vehicle has been sitting 4 or 5 months i'll change it.
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I change my oil monthly on my plow trucks, during the winter. In the summer, I change them every 3,000, or before winter again, since a couple of my trucks only get used for plowing. Now if ( and mind you it's a huge if) we would get enough snow to go out many times in the same month,( I am talking more than 7 or 8) I would change the oil every 7 to 10 events.
  3. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I've always used Mobil 1, but for the last several years I have been using the Mobil 1 extended performance and a longer life oil filter - 7,500 mi. So I change the oil at the end of the filters life, or close to it.

    CJSLAWNSERVICE Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    every 12-15 thousand with Amsoil synthetic
  5. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    In my opinion oil changes are cheap maintenance.
    every 3000 miles or 6 months
  6. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    every time we have a nice day . after 5-6 plows I think the $15 is well worth the $500-$1500 a motor . than t-case, tranny and diff once a year
  7. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    Engine oil every 3000-5000. Front and rear diff and t-case every year. Trans every 30,000
  8. skidooer

    skidooer Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    i do every 5,000 in the summer and go once a month during plowing season
  9. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    10K with Mobil 1 My jeeps have had 250K, 120K , 175K ,and working great when I sold them. My current Jeep has 133K and still running strong.
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Every 3K for oil and filter
  11. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I have my oil tested by Blackstone once a month. My truck generally requires oil changes every 7-10K but I did have some Rotella conventional that ran almost 30K.
  12. prostk2

    prostk2 Member
    Messages: 70

    2,500 miles/3 months rotate tires every other oil change. trans and t-case--every 20k, diffs every 10-15k depending on how much plowing/towing I have done.
    I don't know about anyone else but the Chicago area needs some snow or ice---been slow for awhile!!!
    Good luck everyone!!!
  13. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Oil ever 3000-5000, running mobile1 and thier extended life filter (which seems to be working well) so I may go 7,500 on this change.

    I do the transmission every 6 months (before and after plowing season). Transfer case and both diffs get done every year with synthetic fluids
  14. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 529

    wow a wide range.. interesting
    i just saw a oil test device on tv
    thought it was a scam with the
    milage claim but seeing some of
    these maybe testing is the way to go.
  15. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

  16. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    No thanks, I don't need to worry about what's in my engine other than oil.:D
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Depends on what an oil change costs you. I can change mine for that money.......
  18. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Halloween, Christmas, Easter, July 4th. No matter the mileage/use.
  19. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Not to question you intellegence, but for $22.50 a month I could just change my oil and know I had brand new oil in it all the time.
  20. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    Anyone go by the oil life meter?